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DENVER, Feb. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DCP Midstream has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
"Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at DCP Midstream. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite," said Chairman and CEO Wouter van Kempen. "We're committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees' health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall."
In the five years since DCP Midstream began a wellness program for its employees, they have begun to bend the curve on employee health and employee healthcare costs. They saw a 15 percent year over year improvement in enrollment in the employee wellness program. Throughout each year, employees log points by completing tasks that earn a wellness credit on paychecks for the following year. They must complete tasks in various categories that include completing a biometric screening and health risk assessment, completing online training courses, attending doctor's and dentist's appointments, logging wellness related trackers like water consumption, hours of sleep, and servings of vegetables, and participating in team and individual health challenges.
The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees' health and well-being a priority.
American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program's national website, as well as at the Denver Fit-Friendly Worksite Symposium and the Denver Heart & Stroke Walk. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program's annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.
"The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers easy-to-implement ways for organizations to help employees eat better and move more, which will help improve their health – and their employer's bottom line," said Vice President of Human Resources Tamara Bray. "Even people who haven't exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed."
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it's helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 303-801-4630 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness or heart.org/denver.
ABOUT DCP MIDSTREAM, LLC
DCP Midstream, LLC leads the midstream segment as the largest natural gas processor, the largest natural gas liquids producer and one of the largest marketers in the U.S. DCP Midstream operates in 18 states across major producing regions. The company is a 50:50 joint venture between Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy. It owns the general partner of DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM), a master limited partnership, and provides operational and administrative support to the partnership. DCP Midstream is the largest oil and gas company and the largest private company in Denver, the city of its headquarters. For more information, visit the DCP Midstream website at www.dcpmidstream.com.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. 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 join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.