American Heart Association recognizes Hudson Valley Credit Union for workplace health achievement
Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health
(Poughkeepsie, NY November 16, 2020) – The results of the American Heart Association 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced recently and Hudson Valley Credit Union achieved national Silver recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Hudson Valley Credit Union is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. This is the credit union’s 3rd time achieving Silver recognition.
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 encompassing comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.
“The credit union is so pleased to receive this recognition again,” said Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development Diane Allenbaugh. “Our team has worked hard even during the pandemic to impress upon staff the importance of heart health. With the wide variety of resources we provide to them for diet, smoking cessation, and exercise, they have the tools to take control of their heart health.”
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.
About Hudson Valley Credit Union
Hudson Valley Credit Union is a full service, not-for-profit financial cooperative for individuals and businesses, offering real estate and other loans, a wide variety of savings and transactional accounts, investment services, property and casualty insurance, estate planning, and trust services. With more than $5.9 billion in assets, the credit union serves its members through 20 branches, a nationwide network of over 82,000 surcharge-free ATMs, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, online bill payment, and 24-hour account access by telephone. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an Equal Housing Lender. For more information, visit hvcu.org.
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.