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Posted on: October 1, 2018

American Heart Association recognizes Western MWD for workplace health achievement


Riverside, Calif.– Western Municipal Water District (Western) has achieved 2018 Gold Level “Workplace Achievement Index” recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA).  The AHA Gold designation recognizes Western for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

“Western is honored to be recognized with such a prestigious recognition from the American Heart Association,” said Western’s Director of Human Resources Candi Judd. “We are committed to providing our employees with a wide-array of workplace health and wellness programs to ensure they stay healthy and thrive.”

AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. It uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year, and 75 percent received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition.

“We plan on using this assessment to identify potential areas of improvement, so we can advance Western’s performance and help our employees move toward ideal heart health,” said Judd.

Western recently received the AHA Fit Friendly Worksite Gold Award in 2015 and 2016, which is presented to worksites that promote a wellness culture. District Human Resources Analyst Pam Davis received the distinguished 2017 AHA Lifestyle Change Award, recognizing and celebrating the positive changes she made to affect the quality of her life and improve her health. 

In addition, Western was honored as a 2016 and 2017 IE Top Workplace thanks to its dedication to its employees through its wellness and other programs that encourage learning and growth to enable employees to work at their full potential.

Western also offers employees several wellness programs, such as Lunch ‘n’ Learns, fitness challenges, early detection screenings, and an annual Wellness Expo, which encourage healthy behaviors both at the workplace and at home. The District’s wellness program focuses on the seven dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical.

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