Photo: Courtesy of Team Horner
Photo: Courtesy of Team Horner

Team Horner was given the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite award for promoting a wellness culture in the workplace through its Color Me Healthy program. The award was presented to Bill Kent and Kim Kent, CEO and well-being coordinator, respectively, of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based manufacturer and distributor.

In order to qualify, companies must complete an application process, which then undergoes a review by AHA staff and volunteers. Gold level award winners must prove the company provides employees with opportunities for physical activity, nutrition education, healthy eating options at work, and has strict no-smoking policies on the worksite. Team Horner was one of 27 companies to meet these requirements in the Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

Color Me Healthy, launched in 2012, offers more than 35 programs geared toward emotional health and physical fitness. The program asks employees to present ideas for well-being initiatives they want. Then company volunteers, known as the Color Me Healthy Team, work with company leadership to implement the healthy programs.

“This is an incredible honor and we continually strive to live up to the high standards of the AHA,” says Kim Kent.

The company says it has noticed better results in annual volunteer health screenings, which translates to lower insurance premiums.