American Heart Association recognizes Co-Lin for GOLD achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Co-Lin achieved GOLD recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Through the Co-Lin Wolf Pack Wellness program, college employees receive up to three hours each week to exercise during the workday. Co-Lin also offers its employees a variety of fitness courses like yoga and spin classes, a faculty/staff gym, and healthy food options in the cafeteria. Co-Lin was the only college/university in Mississippi to receive GOLD recognition.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

“We are so proud to receive this special recognition for the initiatives Co-Lin has in place to promote the health and wellness of our employees,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Jane G. Hulon. “We believe that creating a healthier workplace enables our employees to better serve our students.”

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

As part of its commitment to healthier workplaces, the American Heart Association offers Health Screening Services, an onsite biometric screening solution which allows organizations to collect and submit employee health data seamlessly. The health screenings are combined with a health assessment and education to motivate participants to make behavior changes or seek support for lifestyle changes and follow-up medical care as appropriate.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions offers a suite of evidence-based tools to help optimize current employee health programs. These tools leverage the science behind the Index while improving consumer engagement and promoting healthier behaviors. For more information, visit www.heart.org/workplacehealth.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.