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SIA wins healthy workforce award

A national organization is giving a Lafayette company its highest mark for employee fitness.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive earned platinum status from the American Heart Association for promoting physical activity in the workplace.

SIA Wellness Benefits Coordinator Megan Andresen says the company’s commitment to health starts with its facilities.

"We have an on-site recreational center where associates, their spouses, and dependents can go. It's free for them to use, free personal training, brand new equipment, they have group classes."

SIA is one of four Indiana companies honored with platinum. Andresen says the company offers more than just a fitness center for its employees.

"We do a lot of 'Total Wellness Tuesdays' which are once a month, and we offer health screenings. We also have "Community Come on Sites," so vendors, they'll come on site on these Tuesdays and we'll offer incentives for getting your blood pressure done, checking your cholesterol, getting a vision screening."

According to the American Heart Association, companies can save up to $15 for every dollar spent on health and wellness within 18 months of implementing a worksite programs.