Gulf Coast Village named Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

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Gulf Coast Village has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for its leadership in promoting health and well-being within the workplace, and its efforts to provide employees with healthy choices and an overall culture of wellness.

“Employee wellness is a top priority for our team at Gulf Coast Village, and we are extremely honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Just as we strive for the residents of our community to remain both active and healthy, we are equally committed to providing our employees with the resources they need to make healthy choices. We couldn’t be prouder of our staff for maintaining healthy lifestyles that promote their ability to live longer, healthier lives.”

The American Heart Association recognizes employers who go above and beyond to promote better health among employees. Applicants are judged based on three criteria of physical activity support, healthy eating options and the promotion of a wellness culture in the workplace. A gold level designation requires a company with a minimum of 25 employees to meet at least six physical activity criteria for offering workers support for physical activity, two nutrition criteria for promoting healthy food options and one culture criteria.

Gulf Coast Village implements a variety of strategies to promote wellness within the community for both employees and residents. Gulf Coast Village encourages members of the community to take an active approach to their health by offering exercise classes throughout the week, sending daily wellness tips to guide employees on their wellness paths, posting motivational signage throughout the community, providing chair massages periodically, housing a community-run garden for employees and residents to upkeep, and recognizing national health observances, such as National Walking Day, American Heart Month and National Nutrition Month. Gulf Coast Village’s dining department is also committed to providing healthy dining options and nutrition education, and the community’s pastoral staff actively promotes a culture of both physical and spiritual wellness.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

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