CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has been named by Forbes Magazine as a Gold Fit Friendly Company for the American Heart Association START Walking Program. A special ceremony was held January 14 at the hospital to celebrate the achievement with an award presentation from the American Heart Association
"Time constraints and job responsibilities are employees' biggest obstacles to exercising. By implementing the Start! program, companies can encourages their employees to walk while at work and choose healthy meal options," Guilbeau says. "St. Patrick Hospital is having great success with their involvement in the program, and the Fit Friendly status recognizes their commitment to promoting physical activity and health in the workplace"
Studies have shown that implementing a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of physical activity will help companies increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and reduce healthcare costs.