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Adventist Medical Center Recognized as American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Awards & Recognition

Adventist Health in Portland 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 Adventist Medical Center. We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” says Joyce Newmyer, president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center and Adventist Health’s Pacific Northwest Region. “We’re committed to making this the best place for our team members to work and encouraging the health and wellness of our employees is one of the best ways we can do that.”

Platinum-level employers:

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

Adventist Health has a long history of promoting a culture of wellness through the employee LivingWell program and ongoing fitness, nutrition and wellness challenges that encourage engagement and discussion around living a healthier lifestyle. The organization also subsidizes programs like the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) or Weight Watchers. These and other changes have resulted in a measureable improvement in the organization’s health risk scores.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being 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. This lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

“The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers encouragement and easy-to-implement tips for organizations to create healthier work environments for their valuable employees. This approach can have many diverse benefits including improved mental, physical, spiritual and financial wellbeing,” says Ed Hoover, manager of Adventist Health’s LivingWell program. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a simple walking program. For every hour of regular, vigorous exercise, adults can gain up to two hours of life expectancy.”

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Adventist Medical Center, located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient safety. Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center. Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees, 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.

The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. 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.