EB gets heart group fitness award

General Dynamics/Electric Boat has been named a top-level Platinum Fit-Friendly Workplace for 2012 by the American Heart Association. The company had to document that it continues to introduce innovative ways to promote healthy living among employees. Among the new programs added for 2012 were "Under Weigh," an eight-week program that challenged 121 teams of 5-10 people to compete with each other by measuring exercise hours each week, as well as weight loss; and a 15-minute stretching program done jointly by the Safety Department and the Metal Trades Council.

EB has operated a fitness center since 1985, and since 2006 has offered Building Better Health, which offers medical screenings and health information programs on topics such as cholesterol, weight reduction, exercise and smoking cessation. It also has 20 "Wellness Champions" who help keep fellow employees informed about health related programs.

An EB program, "It All Counts," offers $125,000 in prizes annually for people who take steps to improve their health, and its "Just4U" program in the company cafeteria provides nutritional advice.

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