American Heart Association recognizes Grinnell Mutual for workplace health achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Grinnell Mutual achieved Gold-level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members,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. 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.

We are constantly striving to create a culture that encourages healthy lifestyle behaviors. We hope to continue this trend in the years to come. — Lydia Erb, wellness program manager

More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year. Of those companies, 75 percent received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

Wellness program manager Lydia Erb said Grinnell Mutual is “beyond honored to have received this award. We are constantly striving to create a culture that encourages healthy lifestyle behaviors. We hope to continue this trend in the years to come.”

About the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for wellbeing are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.