Amid a record number of people quitting their jobs, the American Heart Association is shining a light on one of the reasons people may choose to stay—a company commitment to their health.
This December, more than 450 organizations nationwide are being recognized by the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, for creating a culture of health and well-being over the past 12 months.
The American Heart Association is a fierce advocate for health and well-being at work, where many people spend most of their active time. Healthy employees are also good for business. According to the CDC, healthy employees are more productive, use less sick time and are less likely to quit.
The organizations being recognized completed the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index in 2021, which is a free, evidence-informed, web-based scorecard. The index evaluates overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs through a combination of workplace best practices and employee health.
Of the organizations completing the assessment, nearly all earned gold (43%), silver (31%) or bronze (19%) status. A list of the recognized organizations for the 2021 Index and their achievement levels can be found online.
Recognition designations are determined by the degree to which organizations adhere to science-based best practices for programs and policies that promote health and well-being, including encouraging physical activity and healthy eating choices, awarding and recognizing healthy behaviors and fostering social support for employees. Organizations also receive free benchmarking reports to help identify areas to improve and resources to help them take action.
“Congratulations to each recognized organization for their commitment to employee health and well-being,” said Nancy Brown, American Heart Association chief executive officer. “When we make a commitment to the mind, body and heart, rooted in science and health equity for all, we are better positioned to create healthy communities, especially during these constantly changing times.”
The Index was created in 2016 by the Association’s CEO Roundtable—a group of private sector corporate leaders collectively representing more than 13 million employees. It is designed to implement evidence-based approaches to workplace health and strengthen corporate cultures resulting in healthier, more engaged and productive workforces.
The American Heart Association will introduce a reimagined Index in 2022 called the Workforce Well-Being Scorecard. The new Scorecard will provide organizations with a way to measure the total health of their workforce, including mental well-being. Participating organizations will receive specific, evidence-informed tools and services to help build and maximize an effective culture of workforce health and well-being.