Quantum Health Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
Worksite Takes Steps to Decrease Healthcare Expenses, Increase
COLUMBUS, OH -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- Quantum Health has been
recognized as a 2013 Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the
American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move
more. The company is among 533 companies nationwide to achieve
Platinum-Level honors, including several Fortune-500s (e.g., General
Electric, Whole Foods, Qualcomm, Cargill, Boeing, Nestle).
As a Platinum-Level employer, Quantum Health is lauded for its
efforts to: offer employees physical activity options in the
workplace; increase healthy eating options and promote a wellness
culture; implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American
Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and
culture; and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace
"We're honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as
a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for our employee health
improvement and wellness initiatives," said Kara J. Trott, CEO of
Quantum Health. "Quantum Health is committed to providing the best
workplace environment possible, which encourages healthy choices for
fitness and physical activity, and helps our employees reach their
personal fitness goals."
Quantum Health offers free, fresh fruit every day, maintains an
on-site fitness center, sponsors an employee softball team, and
regularly opens up its meeting room space for Zumba, yoga,
strength-training and kickboxing/P90x classes. The Quantum Cares
program organizes group participation in local philanthropic
runs/walks and community-sponsored fitness events such as The Ohio
State University's Jesse Owens Classic and Ohio Wesleyan University's
Yoga Outreach Columbus event.
Additionally, Quantum Health has partnered with Sonic Boom Wellness
to initiate its Sonic Striding walking program, which leverages
gamification strategies to encourage physical movement. Participating
employees are equipped with activity monitors that clip to their
shoe, and several wireless receivers are mounted throughout the
office. The system tracks walking/running steps, time lapsed doing a
physical activity, total calories burned, speed and distance, and
automatically uploads activity data to a private website.
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.
"The Fit-Friendly Worksites 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," said Theresa McBride, AHA spokesperson.
"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, call
1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.startwalkingnow.org. To learn more about
Quantum Health, visit www.quantum-health.com.
About Quantum Health
Founded in Columbus in 1999, Quantum Health is
an award-winning care management and health improvement company
serving the health care needs of more than 340,000 members at nearly
80 self-funded public and private sector organizations including
hospital systems, manufacturers, coalitions, school districts,
technology, entertainment, and retail companies across the U.S.
Through its real-time, "virtual medical home" concept that saves
employers 5-8% in health care costs without reducing health benefits,
Quantum Health Care Coordinators help patients, their families, and
their physicians work together to ensure proper care, eliminating
redundant, delayed and questionable care -- literally driving
unnecessary medical costs and confusion out of the system. For more
information about Quantum Health, visit: www.quantum-health.com.
Follow us on Twitter at @QuantumHealth1.
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
Phone: 800-257-2038 x1149
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