Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) has been named “Fit Friendly” by the American Heart Association (AHA).
The hospital received a gold-level recognition, which goes to companies that implement a recommended number of activities that encourage physical fitness, nutrition and a healthy workplace culture. To qualify, companies must have programs and services that have been in place for at least a month.
“We are thrilled to receive the ‘Fit-Friendly’ distinction from the American Heart Association,” said William M. Mueller, president, BPCH. “When we are healthy, we are happier and better able to care for our patients and families. It is very encouraging that our employees have embraced our initiatives.”
BPCH offers a variety of wellness programs and practices to encourage healthy habits at work, including ProMedica’s Scale Down weight loss program, which specializes in long-term weight loss success; contests that reward employees who share ideas, such as healthy recipes; vending machines with fresh-made sandwiches and salads, healthy snacks, and fruit; maps that show various walking routes/mileage to give employees options inside the hospital as well as on the exterior fitness trails throughout the campus; posted motivational signs that promote the benefits of taking the stairs instead of elevators.