Start! Wellness Program

March 28, 2011

Springhill Medical Center is partnering with the American Heart Association to encourage Americans to become more active at work.

Springhill's sponsorship will provide essential funding for research and programs for the American Heart Association as well as positions Springhill as a leader in workplace wellness in the business community for the Alabama Gulf Coast.

The American Heart Association chose to emphasize walking as the cornerstone of the program. Studies show that walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

"For Springhill Medical Center, it makes perfect sense to be involved with Start!, both because we care about our employees and because we recognize that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. We're proud to be a partner in promoting the program, and we're very excited to implement the program in our own company," says Jeff S.t Clair, President and CEO of Springhill Hospital and the 2011 Alabama Gulf Coast Heart Walk Chairman.

More than $3 million raised by the American Heart Association goes back into research right here in the state of Alabama. Hundreds of residents attend local educational workshops and talks, and several more attend local events that celebrate the progress being made to live healthier lives.

Diseases of the heart and stroke -- the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers -- and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim more than 870,000 American lives a year. The association invested more than $500 million on research support, public and professional education, and community programs so people across America can live stronger, healthier lives.

Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded or contributed to many important innovations -- such as CPR, life-extending drugs (including clot-busters), pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.  These and other advances are making it possible for many to call themselves "survivors."
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