National program honors employee health improvement efforts and workforce heart health.
St. Louis, Mo., September 26, 2018 – Lutheran Senior Services has received Gold level recognition from the American Heart Association’s 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index for the senior living provider’s successful efforts to build a culture of health improvement and heart health throughout its workplace. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs among participating companies and calculates an average heart health score for their employees that securely submit aggregate health data. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Lutheran Senior Services has achieved this high level of recognition from the American Heart Association.
“We are building a culture of healthy living among all our employees through programs that are easily accessible and enjoyable for all,” said Denis Thien, Director of Benefits and Compensation at Lutheran Senior Services. “From free flu shots and a company-wide walking challenge to healthy eating and cooking programs and wellness classes, we are successfully engaging our employees in robust and comprehensive programs that are making a positive difference in healthy lifestyle choices and improved performance and morale. This recognition from the American Heart Association is a tribute to the ongoing results being achieved by our Wellness Teams across our organization.”
The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. 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 American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework.
Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) is a mission-driven, not-for-profit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults 62+. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 11,000 seniors a year through options that include Life Plan Communities offering all levels of care, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services. LSS builds upon 160 years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.