The American Heart Association recently announced the results of their 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index, and Atlantic General Hospital achieved Silver Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

This isn’t the first time Associates Getting Healthy, Atlantic General’s wellness program, has been recognized; it has garnered the Healthiest Maryland Business Gold Award for the past four years for providing resources and support to employees that has resulted in overall improvement of health status and a reduction in medical claims.

The program was launched in 2009 and has evolved and expanded over the years to include annual health risk assessments and biometric measurements for participants as well as wellness coaching, ongoing access to educational resources and incentives to encourage healthy behaviors and utilization of preventive healthcare.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health.

The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

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