SAC Receives National Health and Wellness Award
Heart Association presented San Antonio College with the Fit-Friendly Worksite
award recognizing the colleges’ efforts at making the health and wellness of
their employees a priority. SAC received the Gold Level award and could be up
for receiving the Platinum level next year.
senior corporate market director with the American Heart Association, visited
San Antonio College this week to present the college with the national award.
“You are able to
say, ‘We want our employee’s to be heart healthy and know there is a positive
environment here’,” said Gunter about SAC’s achievement.
taking such a huge interest in health and wellness,” Gunter said. I wish more
companies would do this and realize the potential, said Gunter. There would be
less employee sick days, just by encouraging employees to do simple things like
taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
at the gold level means SAC offers all employees physical
activity support at the workplace, has increased the number of healthy eating
options, promotes a wellness culture, and embraces at least nine criteria as
outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity,
nutrition and culture.
Chris Dillon, SAC wellness coordinator, said
some assessments are already in place and more are to come to help SAC reach
the next level.
“This is a national award that is hard to
obtain,” said Dillon. “I am proud of our efforts.”
SAC’s health and wellness initiatives include
many pre and post health assessments and the availability of health and
wellness activities for all employees to participate including walks and school
specific activities and campaigns. Assessments include pre and post job
satisfaction, pre and post health risk assessments, pre and post fitness
assessments and assessments with a dietician for our Employee Wellness Program.
There are about six different measures that we will be putting into place, said
“So, next year, we should be able to hit
“Chris, you have done a remarkable job,” said
SAC President Robert Zeigler. “ We would not be getting this without you.”
Dillon said he would be presenting a return on
investment report in August of how the health and wellness program has helped
the employees at SAC.
Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition program is an award given by the American
Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative. It is intended to be a
catalyst for positive change in workplaces across America. Fit-Friendly
Worksites are recognized as employers who go above and beyond to improve their
to the Fit-Friendly Worksites website and the American Heart Association, heart
disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. and physical inactivity doubles the
risk. It is a scary thought when you realize we spend most of our waking hours
sitting behind our desks at work, says the web page.
Heart disease is also the
number one killer among women, more so than all cancers combined. The American
Heart Association focuses on educating everyone about heart disease risks and
how to become heart healthy. A special program for women is called the Go Red
for Women that raises awareness about the risks women face.