OTO Development Proudly Announces Recognition as Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

June 23, 2015 | Management

OTO Development Proudly Announces Recognition as Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite

OTO Development, a South Carolina-based developer, owner and operator of hotels, announces that it has attained the gold level of recognition according to the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program.

The latest list of Fit-Friendly Worksites, released in April 2015, recognizes employers for fulfilling criteria such as “offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work and promoting a wellness culture.”

Mary Dixon, OTO Development VP of Human Resources, commented, “We’re thrilled to receive this designation—and even more, we love seeing the positive healthy changes in our employees. Being a fit-friendly company is a priority for OTO Development and we can see that the programs and activities are making a difference. Some employees have lost weight thanks to the Fit Bit program and nutrition education, and others have participated in their first 5K through the Running Club. These success stories are just the beginning.”

The gold level is awarded for companies with a minimum of 25 employees at the worksite, implementing at least six of the physical activity criteria, two nutrition criteria and one of the culture criteria listed in the application form. OTO Development cited the following aspects among their qualifications:

  • Adherence to a comprehensive tobacco-free worksite policy for employees and non-employee visitors.
  • General nutrition and healthier eating education through free, regular Lunch and Learns.
  • Providing Fit Bits free of charge to all corporate employees and hotel management.
  • Sponsoring organized lunchtime walk groups.
  • Regular participation in American Heart Association Heart Walks. • Free yoga and Pure Barre classes for employees.
  • Full gym, locker and shower facilities available to all associates.
  • Covering entry fees for local walking and running races when associates participate in the OTO Running Club.
  • Sponsoring contests and providing prizes for individuals who meet step goals as tracked by Fit Bits.
  • Providing healthy snacks free of charge as well as a vending machine with all healthy food and beverage options.

Recognition as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. “We look forward to promoting OTO Development as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite, but it’s more than just a designation,” added Dixon. “In working toward the annual renewal, it’s a great opportunity to champion the health of our employees and the entire company, with new initiatives and offerings every year.”

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