NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Fit NOLA recognized GE Capital, Ochsner Health System and Coca-Cola Company for their achievements in workplace wellness in Greater New Orleans. Fit NOLA, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive plan to achieve healthy weight and fitness in New Orleans, seeks to provide businesses with the tool kit assessment to identify areas of improvement in hopes to lower employer expenses and improve employee health.
“Fit NOLA encourages New Orleans residents to make better choices that will help us build a healthier community,” said Mayor Landrieu. “From businesses and schools, to our recreation department and corporate sponsors, we have engaged our entire community to encourage healthier lifestyles. I congratulate GE Capital, Ochsner and Coca-Cola for their commitment to workplace wellness.”
GE Capital is the first ever Platinum Fit NOLA Business, given this recognition for its “HealthAhead” initiative. While providing support for employees seeking wellness encouragement, GE Capital’s “HealthAhead” initiative, provides nursing stations and in-office fitness activities.
Ochsner Health System ranked as a Gold Fit NOLA Business due to their constant work in improving health through their "Pathway to Wellness" program. The "Pathway to Wellness" program offers resources and supports employees as they improve their personal health. Ochsner Health System has also made recent efforts to enhance nutritional options for employees and visitors alike.
The Coca-Cola Company in Harahan is a Silver Fit NOLA Business, offering several opportunities for its employees to build healthy lifestyles. Employees enjoy the benefits of healthy vending machines, tools for tobacco cessation, among other helpful resources.
“Mayor Landrieu, the City Health Department, and Fit NOLA recognize the important role employers have played in sustaining a healthy workforce,” said City of New Orleans Director of Health Charlotte Parent. “We created the Fit NOLA Business Toolkit to award the businesses who give their employees the tools they need to lead a healthy life and make a positive health impact on our city.”
In 2013, the Business Sector, one of Fit NOLA’s six strategically formed teams developed the Fit NOLA Business Toolkit to help companies assess their current state of workplace wellness. Comprised of representatives from Fortune 500 companies and local non-profits and universities, the Business Sector created the assessment to identify areas in which businesses could improve and celebrate championed initiatives and policies of employee health.
The Fit NOLA Business Tool Kit Certification Program is based on national worksite wellness models and helps businesses move toward physical and nutritional fitness. This program recognizes businesses in the Greater New Orleans region that meet certain standards for worksite wellness such as: being physically active, eating fresh fruit and vegetables, providing lactation rooms in the office and having a tobacco-free workplace. Businesses that meet or surpass these standards will receive a platinum, gold, silver or bronze award and public recognition from Mayor Landrieu.
For more information on Fit NOLA and the Business Tool Kit visit: http://nola.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/business-tool-kit/ or Contact: Natasha Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Whitney Mitchell at email@example.com
About Fit NOLA
Fit NOLA programming is recognized nationally for its steps toward advancing health and wellness; increasing awareness by providing resources for families and the community to be fit; empowering youth to be advocates for healthy policies; building capacity by improving access to affordable, nutritious food as well as safe environments for physical activity and opportunities to exercise; and setting standards by highlighting successful programs and supporting policies that encourage healthy lifestyles.
With the support of over 200 community organizations and corporate partners, Fit NOLA is committed to improving physical and nutritional fitness across the metro area by helping New Orleans become one of the top ten fittest cities in the nation by our 300th anniversary in 2018.