Jennifer O'Shea Piedmont Natural Gas Recognized as an American Heart Association Start! Fit-Friendly Company

It will come as no surprise that obesity in the country is on the rise…Michelle Obama has made this issue her top priority and headlines across the country emphasize how large this problem has grown. With that in mind, we are proud to share the news that AGA member company, Piedmont Natural Gas, has been recognized for the second year in a row as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association (AHA). The Platinum-Level award is the highest level of recognition in the AHA’s Start! program. Companies recognized at the Platinum-level offer employees such things as physical activity options in the workplace; increased healthy eating options at the worksite; promotion of a wellness culture in the workplace; and, measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

Piedmont’s wellness program is in its fourth year and continues to grow. It has been incredibly well received by employees, and in 2010, 84 percent of Piedmont’s employees participated in the company’s Biometric Health Screening and Health Risk Assessment programs. Employees participating in the health risk assessments or the biometric screenings have free access to a health coach for up to 12 months to assist them with their health goals. Piedmont’s wellness program offers employees an on-site wellness coordinator and reimbursement programs for utilization of fitness centers, weight management and tobacco cessation. Piedmont also issues a quarterly wellness newsletter and sponsors frequent opportunities for employees to learn more about a variety of health topics.

Piedmont’s chairman, president and CEO, Thomas E. Skains addressed the company’s commitment to wellness: “We are honored that the American Heart Association has again recognized Piedmont’s efforts to promote physical activity and overall employee wellness. We remain committed to providing wellness education and opportunities for our employees and their families, but it is their dedication that is responsible for the success of our programs and the many positive results for Piedmont Natural Gas.”

Congratulations, Piedmont…here’s to a healthy holiday season!

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