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A prominent Jasper company and a historic Spencer County monastery were recently recognized by the American Heart Association as two of 48 Indiana companies and organizations across the state as Fit-Friendly Worksites for their efforts in promoting physical activity and health in the workplace during its Spring 2016 application cycle.

Employees of National Office Furniture a division of Jasper based Kimball International and the Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad are part of more than 107,000 employees who work for those companies. Both garnered a Gold Rating.

Last Fall, 58 Indiana companies earned Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition for a total of 106 companies during the year. Nationally, the association recognized just under 24-hundred companies during this application cycle.

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising.

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.

For more information about how the program is helping improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free, and easy, visit:  Fit-Friendly Companies program .

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