CLEVELAND, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- KeyBank (NYSE: KEY) has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping employees eat better and move more. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce, helping worksites make their employees' health and well-being a priority.
"Our employees are our most valuable resource. Investing in their health and well-being is part of our broader commitment to foster a talented, diverse, and high-performing workforce," said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. "We're offering smart menu options, physical activities, tools, tips, and incentives, and it's rewarding to see our employees making better, more confident decisions about their health and wellness."
KeyBank supports a wellness culture in a variety of ways and employee surveys show health initiatives are making a difference. KeyBank's healthy initiatives, which led to the Fit-Friendly award include:
- Employees who complete specific healthy actions are eligible for a monetary wellness incentive, which can be used for medical expenses. Healthy actions include: participating in health screenings, taking an online health risk assessment which results in a personalized improvement plan, and participating in physical activity challenges and/or personal coaching.
- KeyBank conducts two eight-week physical activity challenges per year for all employees, during which participants track data such as daily activity, steps per day, and weight loss.
- Flexible work time is offered as an option to help employees balance their work and personal life, and includes flextime, a compressed work week, and Mobile@Key.
- Wellness coaching is offered to all employees on increasing physical activity, weight management, stress management, heart health, and tobacco cessation.
- A dedicated onsite health specialist engages employees in onsite wellness events, hosts a walking club, and refers employees to coaching programs.
- Key offers discounted fitness center memberships to employees and their dependents and, at many of Key's "green" buildings, showers and lockers are available for employees who exercise.
- Key has collaborated with food service vendor, Sodexo, to provide healthier eating options at the worksite, revise its catering menu, and decrease fat and sodium in cafeteria offerings, replacing them with healthy oils and spices. Key also offers a food delivery service for fresh and local produce.
- Key proudly sponsors a variety of healthy community athletic events including: Velosano, the Vermont City Marathon, CarCity Half Marathon, Run-Walk for Camp Cheerful, Center for African American Health 5K Walk-Run, Rudy Ride bicycling event, and Bike MS.
Thanks to these initiatives and others, more KeyBank employees are reporting increased physical activity, less stress, and improved health. In addition, Key employees are, today, more knowledgeable about their own health data than ever and many who participate in annual team-based challenges continue the activity for an eight-week period.
Key is the only large U.S. bank to be named a Platinum level Fit-Friendly Worksite in 2015. The AHA's Fit Friendly Worksite categories to which companies can apply are: Gold, Platinum, Worksite Innovation, and Community Innovation. Requirements for Gold level achievement include implementing at least six physical activity criteria, two nutrition criteria, and one culture criteria, as defined by AHA. Platinum Level is achieved by fulfilling all the Gold-level criteria and demonstrating at least one behavior change, cost savings outcome or positive return on investment.
"The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers easy-to-implement ways for organizations to help employees eat better and move more, which will help improve their health – and their employer's bottom line," said Lisa Wheeler-Cooper, community health director, American Heart Association. "With the Fit Friendly Workplace awards, we recognize employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health – those with progressive leadership and concern for their staff."
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it's helping to improve the health of Americans, visit heart.org/worksitewellness.
KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $94.6 billion. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium-sized businesses under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. 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 Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.