CareCore National Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company

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CareCore National has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at CareCore National. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company,” said Douglas Tardio, President and Chief Operating Officer for CareCore National. “We’re committed to providing a culture of wellness for our employees at work. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our company overall.”

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change through integrating employee wellness efforts into daily office routines. The program highlights companies that have made the health and well-being of employees a priority. "We support healthy living for our employees and this validates our efforts,” said Donna Boyd, RN, of CareCore’s Patient Advocate Program.

Platinum-level employers:

  •     Promote a culture of wellness in the workplace.
  •     Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
  •     Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

CareCore National is making wellness a priority by offering healthier vending options on campus, wellness educational “Lunch and Learn” events, employee health screenings, Weight Watchers at Work or online via payroll deduction, and smoking cessation support at work.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

CareCore National Chief Medical Officer, Shelley Weiner, MD, explains, “Health care is our business, and we recognize the importance of having healthy employees. CareCore National has taken simple and meaningful steps to assist employees in achieving their personal health goals.”

By bringing healthy lifestyle education into the workplace, CareCore National has increased the participation of its employees. The impact of this type of program was described in a 2010 study in HealthAffairs entitled “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” by Baicker et al. They report that these programs not only improve the health of employees but also have positive returns for employers with both decreased absenteeism and decreased overall health care costs.

About CareCore National
CareCore National, LLC (http://www.carecorenational.com) provides innovative healthcare solutions that improve quality of care. Our products address a wide array of healthcare services including radiology, cardiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, sleep apnea, musculoskeletal care and lab services that touch the lives of over 45 million insured across more than 35 Commercial, Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid health plans, ACO’s and Self-insured entities. CareCore solutions utilize the most innovative technologies in healthcare underpinned by partnerships with Cisco, VMWare, EMC2 and GemFire combined with clinical expertise from academic and community physicians from across the country. The company is headquartered in Bluffton, SC, and has more than 1300 employees.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

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