The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Metro Schools achieved Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

Metro Schools serves more than 11,000 employees in the greater Nashville area and the district is committed to giving all employees access to health and wellness services, including the Employee Health & Wellness Center, which opened earlier this year, and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics, strategically placed throughout the district.

On Monday, Sept. 18, the district will kickoff of the American Heart Associations’ District Heart Challenge, a wellness challenge designed to get MNPS central office staff moving while fundraising to fight heart disease. Similar campaigns are held in the district’s schools for staff and students throughout the year.

“With the opening of our Health & Wellness Center earlier this year, the district continues to provide a range of services that make it easier for employees to access the care they need at a more affordable cost,” Director of Benefits David Hines said.

“If we can improve the health and wellness of our teachers and support staff, we believe we can drive better student outcomes,” Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph said. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to make our employees’ health and wellness needs a critical part of our organization’s culture.”

The Association’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. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science, and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

Watch a video about MNPS’ Employee Health & Wellness Center