25 Apr. 2013
WILMINGTON, N.C., (April 25, 2013) – The American Heart Association has named Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) a gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite for 2013 as an employer that excels in promoting healthy employee lifestyles. The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers that champion employees’ wellness and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace by implementing activities outlined by the association.
“We believe our employees’ health is extremely important and we want to help them protect it,” said Ed Murray, senior vice president, human resources for PPD. “Our wellness culture encourages and helps enable employees to take ownership of their health and strive to become better health care consumers. By focusing on the physical, occupational and intellectual aspects of our employees’ health, including exercise, good nutrition and disease prevention, we endeavor to engage our employees in fun and proven programs to encourage living a healthy lifestyle.”
According to the American Heart Association, a lack of physical activity raises the risk for a host of medical problems, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. To help address such health concerns, PPD provides programs, campaigns and services to educate and empower employees about their health and wellness, including on-site fitness centers or health club reimbursements; group exercise programs; walking courses; healthy eating classes; tobacco free workplaces; and health and wellness awards.
In addition to employee-focused wellness services, the company sponsors the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon held each fall in Wilmington, N.C. The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete magazine. In 2012, more than 2,000 athletes from 45 U.S. states and 10 other nations participated, including dozens of PPD employees and their family members.
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PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 12,500 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments.