KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 12, 2012 – For the first time in its history, Kissimmee Utility Authority has been recognized as a Gold-level award recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies program. The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.
Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools.
“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk,” said Wilbur Hill, KUA’s vice president of human resources. “This is an especially scary thought when you realize we spend most of our waking hours sitting behind our desks at work. As a Fit-Friendly Company, we can help lower the risk of heart disease for our employees.”
Studies suggest that by starting a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of activity, a company can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and reduce healthcare costs.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent