American Heart Association recognizes six local companies for workplace health achievement

Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

(ROCHESTER – September 19, 2017) – The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced and six local companies achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Constellation Brands and Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc., received Gold recognitions. CooperVision, Rochester Institute of Technology and MVP Health Care received Silver recognitions and UR/Thompson Health received a Bronze recognition.


The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 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.


More than 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 67% 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.


“We are very excited to recognize these early adopters of our new and improved Worksite Wellness tools and resources. Workplace Health Solutions provides organizations with an evidence-based, data driven process to build a comprehensive plan towards improving the health of their employees and their families,” said Marc Natale, Executive Director of the American Heart Association of Rochester.


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 well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.


For more information about Workplace Health Solutions contact Community Health Director, Gina Rivers at


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About the Rochester American Heart & Stroke Association  The American Heart & Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers in Rochester. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved with the Rochester affiliate, call 1-585-371-3112, visit the local website Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #LifeisWhyROC

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