LINCOLN, R.I. – For the second consecutive year, Amica Insurance has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Amica. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Jean Tapley, senior wellness coordinator at Amica. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”
Amica’s wellness programs have received enthusiastic support from the company’s senior staff, and the corporate office was even designed with employees in mind. An 8,000-square-foot, on-site fitness center and wooded trails through peaceful surroundings have given employees the option of exercising inside or out. Additionally, the Amica cafeteria has subsidized healthy offerings every day, and each department and branch encourages participation in company-wide and location-specific wellness programs.
American employers spend an estimated $225.8 billion a year on health care 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.