The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. St. Francis Medical Center was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative for:
· Offering employees physical activity support.
· Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.
· Promoting a wellness culture.
· Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Jerry Jablonowski, President/CEO of St. Francis. “Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities here at the Medical Center and we encourage all of our employees to participate in all of the free, heart healthy activities that we provide each week.”
St. Francis has a wellness committee that provides health and wellness activities for the employees working at the Medical Center. They include nutritional education, fitness classes, screenings, an employee gym and a summertime farmers market, just to name a few.
Photo caption: Melissa Kidd from the American Heart Association presents Jerry Jablonowski, CEO of St. Francis Medical Center, with the Fit-Friendly Award.
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East/Trinity Inc., is an acute care teaching hospital recently ranked by Consumer Reports in the top five hospitals in NJ for safety and number one in Mercer County. Most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program and the first accredited Stroke Center in the county, St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program. Partners in care include LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders) and LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region.