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Indiana University Earns Fit-Friendly-Worksite Gold Rating
Updated January 18, 2016 6:34 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The American Heart Association recognized 58 Indiana companies and organizations as Fit-Friendly Worksites for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace during its Fall 2015 application cycle.

New to the list this year is Indiana University with a gold rating. Last Spring, 84 Indiana companies earned Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition for a total of 142 companies during the year. Nationally, the association recognized 2,004 companies during this application cycle.

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees' health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees' physical activity, which will help improve their health - and their employers' bottom line.

Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Companies that achieve Platinum recognition -- the highest tier -- take the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts.

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.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Companies program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit

Indiana companies designated this cycle as Fit-Friendly include:

  • Allegient Indianapolis Gold
  • Angie's List Indianapolis Gold
  • Apex Benefits Group Indianapolis Gold
  • Ball State University Muncie Gold
  • Bank of Geneva Geneva Gold - NEW
  • Celadon Group Indianapolis Gold
  • Central Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Citizens Energy Group Indianapolis Platinum
  • City of Franklin Franklin Gold
  • College Park Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Community Health Network Indianapolis Gold
  • Cook Research Incorporated West Lafayette Gold
  • Deaconess Health System Evansville Gold
  • Deer Run Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Delta Faucet Company Indianapolis Gold
  • Eagle Creek Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Eastbrook Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Eskenazi Health Indianapolis Gold
  • Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. Evansville Gold
  • Fishback Creek Public Academy Indianapolis Gold
  • Franciscan Alliance - Northern Indiana Region Munster Gold
  • Guion Creek Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • Guion Creek Middle School Indianapolis Gold
  • Hobart Family YMCA Hobart Gold
  • Indiana University Bloomington Gold - NEW
  • Interactive Intelligence Indianapolis Gold
  • IU Health La Porte Hospital La Porte Gold
  • Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Gold
  • J.C. Hart Company Carmel Gold
  • Jay County Hospital Portland Gold - NEW
  • Lincoln Middle School Indianapolis Gold
  • Logansport MU Logansport Gold - NEW
  • Major Health Partners Shelbyville Gold - NEW
  • Mason Corporation Schererville Gold - NEW
  • MED Institute West Lafayette Gold
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Jasper Platinum
  • Metropolitan School District of Pike Township Indianapolis Gold
  • Monarch Beverage Indianapolis Gold
  • New Augusta Public Academy North Indianapolis Gold
  • New Augusta Public Academy South Indianapolis Gold
  • Oliver Winery Bloomington Gold
  • Pike High School Indianapolis Gold
  • Porter-Starke Services, Inc. Valparaiso Gold
  • Roche Diagnostics Indianapolis Gold - NEW
  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Mishawaka Gold
  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Elkhart Gold
  • Snacks Crossing Elementary School Indianapolis Gold
  • South Bend Medical Foundation South Bend Gold
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Indianapolis Gold
  • Terre Haute Regional Hospital Terre Haute Gold
  • The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway Newburgh Gold
  • Triton Central Elementary School Fairland Gold - NEW
  • Triton Central Middle School Fairland Gold - NEW
  • Unifrax New Carlisle Gold
  • Union Hospital Terre Haute Platinum
  • Welborn Baptist Foundation Evansville Gold
  • Witham Health Services Lebanon Platinum
  • YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New) Evansville Gold

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