Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
FCCI Insurance Group has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at FCCI. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Craig Johnson, FCCI president & CEO. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible, as well as many options for our employees to improve and maintain their overall health and wellness.”
At FCCI’s headquarters in Sarasota, a state of the art on-site fitness center is available to all employees 24/7. Classes for different fitness levels are offered each workday, and walking paths are available. Regional and field employees are offered subsidized gym memberships and the opportunity to participate in company-wide challenges conducted several times throughout the year. Employees can earn prizes for participation and performance. FCCI also offers educational sessions on topics such as ergonomics, the importance of stretch breaks and other physical activities, and tips for handling sedentary tasks.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.
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.
Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program’s national website, as well as at local American Heart Association events. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.
“The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to help increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line,” said Lisa Krouse, FCCI senior vice president, HR & Support Services. Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit startwalkingnow.org.
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.
Founded in 1959 and working exclusively through independent agents, FCCI provides commercial property and casualty insurance to more than 17,645 policyholders and commercial and contract surety to more than 8,365 bonded principals in 17 states. Rated A- (Excellent) with a Positive outlook by A.M. Best Company, FCCI is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. and has regional offices in Sarasota; Duluth, Ga.; Carmel, Ind.; Ridgeland, Miss.; and Richardson, Texas. FCCI also has a branch office in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, please call 1-800-226-3224 or visit http://www.fcci-group.com.