American Heart Association recognizes CoLin for workplace health achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2020  Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Copiah-Lincoln Community College achieved SILVER 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 SILVER recognition.

Co-Lin is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 35 percent received gold recognition, the highest percentage to date, 29 percent silver and 25 percent bronze.

“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 Hulon Sims. “We believe that creating a healthier workplace enables our employees to better serve our students.”

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index is a web-based scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of 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.

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 through Life’s Simple 7®,the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

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.