American Heart Association Awards Eaton Gold-Level Status as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company

Date: July 16, 2010

CLEVELAND … The American Heart Association (AHA) today recognized diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) with a national award for promoting health and physical activity in the workplace. 

James W. McGill, Eaton executive vice president and chief human resources officer, received the award from Tiffany Sibel, senior regional Heart Walk director for the American Heart Association, at Eaton’s Learning and Technology Center in Willoughby Hills. Eaton received the national AHA award because of its various health, fitness, stress management and tobacco-free initiatives in all facilities across the United States.

Start! Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold-Level Status by implementing various activities and programs that encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Eaton has programs in place involving all these initiatives.

“Eaton is creating a worldwide culture of wellness so employees can make the most of their lives both at work and at home,” McGill said.  “As a global power management company and values-based enterprise, Eaton places an equally high value on the health of our employees,” McGill said.  “We are honored to receive this American Heart Association recognition for our efforts to help our employees lead longer, healthier lives.”

Eaton’s wellness initiatives involve healthier cafeteria, catering and vending machine food choices, fitness activities, stress management programs, and free preventative healthcare services so that employees “know their numbers” for cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure and other wellness indicators. Eaton has also introduced a no-cost tobacco cessation program for employees and their dependents over age 18 that includes counseling as well as over-the-counter and prescription drugs. At Eaton’s global locations, various programs will be introduced over the coming years consistent with local cultures and practices.

“We want to encourage our 70,000-strong Eaton family to be able to make more informed food choices and adopt healthier lifestyle habits,” McGill said. “By knowing their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, understanding the importance of diet and exercise and being aware of tobacco-cessation programs and various other efforts, our Eaton colleagues can live happier, healthier and more productive lives.”

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Kelly Jasko
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