Advocate’s Healthe You Initiative Achieves Top Honor from American Heart Association

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

Advocate is one of only 10 companies in the Chicagoland area to achieve Gold status in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Workplace Health Achievement Index, the highest level of recognition for organizations who take significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

In addition to national and local recognition, Advocate will be among the organizations cited in upcoming editions of Forbes and Crain’s for their workplace health programs.

The AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which a company has implemented workplace health best practices to build a culture of health for their employees. Companies recognized at the Gold level have achieved an Index score of 175 - 217 out of a maximum 217 points.

The AHA created the Workplace Health Achievement Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 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 workplace health programs.

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the quality and 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 seven behaviors focus on not smoking, eating healthy, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and reducing blood sugar --- all behaviors supported by Advocate’s Healthe You initiative.

More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% 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 in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.