Press Release: 07.07.2014

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Again Recognized as an American Heart Association Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite

National builder sets an example as a healthy environment for the third year in a row

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees incorporate wellness into their lives at work and at home.

“As an employee-owned company, we’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible,” said Derek Glanvill, McCarthy president and chief operating officer. “It has been exciting to watch our partners embrace wellness and improve the quality of their lives. We’re honored to be recognized for the third year in a row by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.”

To be designated as a Platinum-level Fit-Friendly Worksite, employers must:

  • Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace
  • Increase healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promote a wellness culture in the workplace
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness

Health and safety have always been core tenets of McCarthy’s approach. In 2010, McCarthy extended this effort with the launch of McCarthy Build for Life to assist employees and their families in striving toward optimal mental, physical, emotional and financial well-being. In 2012, McCarthy further expanded the program when the firm partnered with wellness company Vitality to provide an interactive and personalized wellness approach, encouraging employees to live healthy lives by maintaining, preventing or improving their current level of wellness.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

“Companies like McCarthy should be applauded for the commitment they have made in the health of their employees,” said Jennifer Jaeger, executive director for the Greater St. Louis Division of the American Heart Association. “Our Fit Friendly Worksite program is intended to be a positive change in workplaces across America. We are happy to see worksites making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.”

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit http://www.startwalkingnow.org/.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

About McCarthy
At McCarthy, we’re just getting started. For 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,600 salaried employees nationwide. In addition to St. Louis, McCarthy has offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Newport Beach and San Diego, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; and Kansas City, Kan. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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