Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees took to heart the American Heart Association's (AHA) “Get Up and Move” message on April 3, 2013, by participating in the first annual SRR Walking Day at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Lead by SRR Senior Managers, employees gathered at lunch time on a designated walking path for a 30-minute walk. The SRR team wore red to remember those who have been victimized by heart disease – a disease that Dave Olson, SRR President and Project Manager, recognizes is close to home for many SRR folks.
“Sadly, heart disease has impacted members of our workforce and their families,” said Olson. “Taking time out to participate in the AHA National Walking Day is a reminder of how health and safety continues to be a primary concern of ours.”
SRR joined with companies across the country to help raise awareness for AHA of the importance of physical activity and to encourage coworkers to live a healthier life. The walking day event was held in conjunction with SRR's Wellness Program that includes an exercise and weight loss program, the AHA Start Walking Now program, and employee training on balance and moving smart that focuses on avoiding slips, trips and falls.
The AHA recognizes that Americans spend more time at work than ever, causing inactivity, which doubles the risk of heart disease. These facts are something, according to Olson, SRR employees must be aware of.
“Especially with an aging workforce, we use the SRR Walking Day and other wellness programs to be proactive with helping our employees live healthier lives,” said Olson.
SRR is the Savannah River Site's Liquid Waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.