AHA Honors ZOLL for Fitness Programs

The AED maker has been recognized as a Platinum-Level company by the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly initiative for helping employees eat better and move more.

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a Chelmsford, Mass.-based manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, has been recognized as a Platinum-Level company by the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly initiative for helping its employees eat better and move more. ZOLL previously held Gold-Level status.

"Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at ZOLL. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association's program as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company," said Richard A. Packer, CEO of ZOLL. "We're committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees' health and produce even more positive results for our company overall."

Platinum-level employers:

  • Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace
  • Increase healthy eating options
  • Promote a wellness culture
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by AHA in physical activity, nutrition, and culture
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness

ZOLL reports that enrollment in its exercise, yoga, and fitness programs (offered at a discount in an on-site gym) increased by 53 percent from 2010, and the number of requests for gym badges is up. Healthy menu options are offered in the cafeteria and a vending machine. ZOLL has instituted a smoke-free campus and offers smoking-cessation programs.

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