YSU, Mercy, Akron Children’s Honored for Workplace Health

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The American Heart Association has named Youngstown State University, Mercy Health and Akron Children’s Hospital to its Workplace Health Achievement Index.

The index rates companies on organizational best practices and aggregated employee health information to evaluate the quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. 

“The American Heart Association applauds these local companies for their efforts in cultivating healthier work environments and communities,” said Tracy Behnke, executive director of the American Heart Association, in a statement. “With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting how organizations work, we are enthusiastic about the number of organizations committed to building a culture of health and well-being.”

Akron Children’s and Mercy Health received “gold” level recognition, while YSU earned  the “silver” level.

Overall, 35% of participating groups received gold recognition – the highest level to date – while 29% earned silver and 25% bronze. Organization also receive benchmark reports, which allow them to identify where they can improve their workplace wellness programs.

The seven factors companies are scored on are programs that support lifestyle changes to improve smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.