DENVER, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, has been awarded the Gold Seal by The American Heart Association (AHA) and Start! The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060123/LAM077LOGO ) "CH2M HILL has not only recognized the importance of a healthy workplace but has taken important steps to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace," said M. Cass Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association. "CH2M HILL has promoted a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes." When being considered for this award, the AHA looked at the types of meals offered in the CH2M HILL cafe, the walking programs and fitness facilities offered by the fitness committee, the firm's involvement in health and wellness organizations in the community, health education materials provided to employees and the company's overall commitment to health and safety. "We actively pursued the American Heart Association's Fit Friendly Company award because it was a perfect match to CH2M HILL's commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees," said Sherri Boness, CH2M HILL's fitness center steering committee lead. "Employees mainly join CH2M HILL for the great projects that we work on, but the firm's commitment to fitness, health and safety is a reason they stay. It is a reflection of the kind of culture we have where the needs of the client are addressed in balance with the needs of our employees." CH2M HILL and the Department of Veteran Affairs were the only two Colorado companies that qualified as Start! Fit Friendly companies. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, construction and operations for public and private clients. With $4.5 billion in revenue, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management for fee and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2007). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, communications, construction and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer by business media and professional associations worldwide. CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees in regional offices around the world.
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