The American Heart Association announced its 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index today, and St. Louis County achieved silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.
Recognition is determined by eight measurements, including leadership support, organizational policies and environment, communications, programs, engagement, partnerships and reporting outcomes.
Some examples of how St. Louis County demonstrates its commitment and support of work site health promotion include: providing employee health risk appraisals/assessments and onsite health screening opportunities, the use of multiple channels to promote health activities and programs, ongoing onsite wellness-oriented workshops and education opportunities, and encouragement for the engagement of spouses and family members.
“The health and well being of our employees is something we take very seriously,” said Jim Gottschald, St. Louis County director of Human Resources. “Promoting health in the work place can be especially challenging for us, as we employ 1,850 people in a range of professions and work settings spread across 7,000 square miles. Regardless, the health and well-being of employees remains a top priority for St. Louis County, and we remain committed to enhancing our employee wellness program and well-rounded wellness culture..”
The American Heart Association created the Index, which uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. Studies show that work sites 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.