WHEATON Receives Fit-Friendly Company Award from American Heart Association
The American Heart Association recently recognized Wheaton Industries as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company. .
The award is given to employers who champion the health of their Associates and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace. Mike Burrows, Wheaton EHS manager indicated that at Wheaton the comprehensive program includes a variety of activities such as company walks, Nova Care “Work Strategies” stretching programs, sporting activities, as well as healthy eating and education programs. The company periodically provides a lunch and learn program where healthy strategies are presented, and the menu consists mainly of salads, fruits, and vegetables. Snacks in the vending machines have also been switched to more healthy choices. An annual Health Fair coupled with interactive activities and fundraisers round out the program. Burrows indicated that the program which has been in place for some time, benefits the company as well as the Associates, and the results are measurable. Lost time due to illness has been reduced as well as the cost of medical benefits. The company is proud of the success of this initiative and pleased to receive the award. -30- Wheaton Science Products is a division of Wheaton Industries, Inc. Wheaton is a fully integrated business offering a large product portfolio of laboratory glass and plastic ware and leading edge products and services for the pharmaceutical and life science R&D, diagnostic packaging, and specialty chemicals market. Our products are used in the up-front stages of research and development and later in full scale production.