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Posted on: October 29, 2020

American Heart Association recognizes Western Municipal Water District for health achievement

RIVERSIDE, CA – The results of the American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index (Index) were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Western Municipal Water District (Western) achieved national gold recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. 

Western is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 35 percent received gold recognition. 

“Western is honored to once again be recognized by the American Heart Association for our efforts in promoting a healthy workplace culture,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “Putting strategies in place that show our employees and the community that their health and wellness is a top priority to Western, especially in light of the recent pandemic, is critical to recruiting and maintaining the highly-skilled workforce needed to keep water and wastewater services flowing no matter what.” 

This is Western’s third consecutive year being recognized by the AHA for the Index gold level achievement. In prior years, Western was recognized by the AHA Fit Friendly Worksite program. This recognition is attributed to Western’s commitment to the development and maintenance of a strategic and comprehensive wellness program, which extends beyond the employee to family members and, therefore, the residents of the communities we serve. In addition, Western is committed to actively reviewing and enforcing written policies with staff to proactively maintain a healthy and safe workplace. 

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index is a web-based scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce. 

“Identified in Western’s strategic priorities is a focus on developing an elite workforce, and to do this Western must remain competitive in the job market,” said Miller. “This means appealing to future generations whose job search is becoming more focused on the value an employer brings to workplace culture in relation to the support of health and wellness.” 

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data through Life’s Simple 7®, the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition. 

To learn more about employment opportunities with Western, visit wmwd.com/jobs. 

About the American Heart Association 

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1.800.AHA.USA1. 

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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com

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