Guthrie Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Guthrie has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. This is the first time that Guthrie has received this honor.

Dr. Frederick Bloom, President of the Guthrie Medical Group said: “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Guthrie. We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible, and have made significant strides to support our employees to lead healthier lives. We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.”

Over the past year, Guthrie’s Wellness Committee has worked to introduce a number of new initiatives that have encouraged and supported our staff members to lead healthier lives, even at the work place. These initiatives include regular free Wellness seminars, the introduction of healthier meal and snack options in our cafeterias, and encouraging staff to move more at work by listing walking paths at a number of sites. One fun activity last summer that helped get staff and the community walking more was the #62Challenge, which encouraged people to walk, swim, run, or cycle an extra mile every day during the months of July and August.

Dr. Verlyn Warrington, Guthrie Director of Medical Bariatrics said: “The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes,”

“Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap benefits by starting a walking program. Even losing 5-10% of your body weight can have a significant impact on your health, including lower blood pressure, more energy and reduce your risk of developing long-term health conditions like diabetes or heart disease.”

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.