City Recognizes Six Local Businesses For Workplace Wellness Through Fit Nola Initiative

NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) recognized six local businesses and organizations through the Fit NOLA Business Certification program for achieving workplace wellness.

         There are four designation levels that businesses can achieve through the program—the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

         Shell Exploration and Production received the Platinum Award; Alliance received the Healthier Generation Award, Childhood and Family Learning Center and FitLot received the Silver Award; and Girls on the Run New Orleans and M Fit Studio received the Bronze Award.

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         These 6 businesses join 19 other Fit NOLA businesses in creating healthy work environments for more than 30,000 employees across the New Orleans metro area.

         “I am pleased to welcome these businesses to the growing list of Fit NOLA-certified businesses,” said City of New Orleans Health Director Charlotte Parent. “As these organizations demonstrate, businesses of all sizes can have an impact on the health of our community by making basic changes to workplace policy and practice.  I hope more businesses follow their example by pursuing Fit NOLA certification and making the healthy choice the easy choice for employees throughout our region.”

         The Business Certification Program, based on national worksite wellness models, helps businesses move toward physical and nutritional fitness and recognizes those in the Greater New Orleans region that meet certain standards for worksite wellness such as; providing opportunities to be physically active and eat fresh fruit and vegetables, providing lactation rooms in the office and having a tobacco-free workplace. Businesses that meet or surpass these standards receive special awards.

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         Each Fit NOLA business is making unique strides to improve the health of their employees and community. Platinum awardee Shell Exploration and Production, believes that employee benefit programs are designed to provide support and assist employees in taking care of themselves and their families.

         Silver business, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national organization working to combat childhood obesity, values their commitment to a healthy workplace. “Healthy employees are more productive, have more energy and better manage stress,” said Ashley Hooper, Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager for Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

         Small businesses have joined the movement in taking action on efforts to build a healthy workplace environment. “Our small business may not have the formal internal health and wellness set up of other larger organizations; however, we are able find other ways of creating a healthy work environment,” said Jody Braunig of Girls on the Run. “At Girls on the Run, the staff is encouraged to wear workout attire, so they can join their favorite exercise class whatever time of day it may be because of the flexible working hours.”

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         M Fit Studio, another small business and Bronze awardee, believes fitness should be accessible to people of all levels. “By offering classes that accept you where you are and take you where you want to go, we’re empowering individuals to meet and exceed personal fitness goals by making training feel like recess instead of a chore,” said Emily Frischhertz of M Fit Studio.

         Fit NOLA, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive plan to create a culture of health in New Orleans, developed the Fit NOLA Business Assessment and Toolkit to help companies and organizations assess their current state of workplace wellness. Comprised of representatives from Fortune 500 companies, local non-profits and universities, Fit NOLA’s Business Sector created the assessment to identify areas in which businesses could improve and celebrate championed initiatives and policies of employee health.

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