November 30, 2011
SJE-Rhombus Recognized as American Heart Association Start! Fit-Friendly Company
(Detroit Lakes, MN) – SJE-Rhombus and subsidiary companies have been recognized as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association’s Start! movement for helping employees eat better and move more.
“Employee health and wellness is a corporate value at SJE-Rhombus and is a very important priority to us. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! movement as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company,” said Laurie Lewandowski; CEO. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our company and employee owners.”
The Start! 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. American employers face increasing healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of 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. Start! helps change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
"The Start! Fit Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to implement opportunity for corporations and universities to increase employees' physical activity, which will help improve their health - and ultimately lower healthcare costs for the employee and employers," said Mathew Stayman, MD Sanford Health. "Even people who haven't regularly exercised until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program." For more information about the Start! 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, call (701) 252-5122 or visit startwalkingnow.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.