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Metro Nashville Public Schools Receives Silver Level Recognition from American Heart Association for Workplace Health Achievement

The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) achieved Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. MNPS serves more than 11,000 employees in the greater Nashville area and the district is committed to giving all employees access to health and wellness services, including the Employee Health & Wellness Center, which opened earlier this year, and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics, strategically placed throughout the district.

The district will kickoff of the American Heart Associations’ District Heart Challenge, a wellness challenge designed to get MNPS central office staff moving while fundraising to fight heart disease. Similar campaigns are held in the district’s schools for staff and students throughout the year.

  • When: Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: MNPS Employee Health & Wellness Center
  • Visuals: Dr. Shawn Joseph will speak at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 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. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data from their employees.

More than 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year and 67 percent received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify areas of improvement so they can advance their annual performance and recognition. The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent the company has implemented workplace health best practices. Companies recognized at the Silver level have achieved an score of 130 - 174 out of 217 points.

“With the opening of our Health & Wellness Center earlier this year, the district continues to provide a range of services that make it easier for employees to access the care they need at a more affordable cost,” Director of Benefits David Hines said.

 Watch a video about MNPS’ Employee Health & Wellness Center | Take a virtual tour of the center

“If we can improve the health and wellness of our teachers and support staff, we believe we can drive better student outcomes,” Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph said. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to make our employees’ health and wellness needs a critical part of our organization’s culture.”

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. 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 American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science, and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.


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