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Jeffco achieves gold on AHA workplace index

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Jefferson County’s human resources department was recognized during a Dec. 4 meeting for receiving a gold award on the American Heart Association’s 2018 workplace health achievement index.
According to information from the American Heart Association, the workplace health achievement index is a self-assessment scorecard. In addition to measuring the quality of a company’s workplace health program, it also looks at the overall heart health of its employees. In doing so, it asks a series of yes or no questions and utilizes three performance measures.
“Unfortunately, heart disease and stroke are the two leading causes of death in the world,” said Commissioner Libby Szabo.
Information from the AHA says one in three Americans adults — more than 92 million — has cardiovascular disease, and about 2,200 people die from it every day.
Last year, Jeffco won bronze, so the commissioners and Naomi Amaha, community advocacy director with the AHA, recognized the work that went into improving the county’s score.
“We have a great team,” said Tina Wise with Jeffco, as she accepted the award on behalf of the HR department.  
To help departments make improvements, the American Heart Association provides a resource library, and Amaha said the AHA hopes to provide support in the future as Jeffco looks to maintain its gold-level status.
“It’s been a really great partnership working with Jefferson County,” she said.