2019 Workplace Health Achievement

American Heart Association Recognizes the WAWMSD for Workplace Health Achievement
Posted on 11/15/2020
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The results of the American Heart Association 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced.  For the second year in a row, the District achieved Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. 

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has over 1,000 employees serving 7,400 children.  It is the 12th largest 4K-12 district in the state of Wisconsin.


The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. 

The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.


More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

According to Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, “This award recognizes the work we are doing to promote wellness in the workplace.  Our Wellness Center and this type of programming are designed to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our employees.”

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. 

According to Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, “Improving employee health starts with measuring the evidence which can be achieved through the Workplace Health Achievement Index.”  The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2020 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for wellbeing are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.