Ring honored by American Heart Association

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Ben Livingston, president and CEO of Ring Container Technologies in Oakland, is presented with the American Heart Association’s Worksite Innovation Award from Lauren Brown, Heart Walk director for the Mid-South chapter of the American Heart Association.

Ring Container Technologies in Oakland is now the only company in the Mid-South to be honored by the American Heart Association with the organization’s Fit-Friendly Companies Worksite Innovation Award.
The Fayette County based plastics manufacturing company is one of five companies to receive this award in a six state region. Ring also received the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Gold Award.
The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.
As a Gold-level company, Ring fulfilled criteria such as offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work, promoting a wellness culture, as well as implementing other healthy activities. The Worksite Innovation Award is given to a worksite that has achieved all criteria for gold-level recognition and developed and implemented an innovative program in the workplace.
Since 2007, Ring’s employee wellness program encouraged employees to make smarter choices in the workplace with vending machines providing healthier choices and setting a strict nutrition policy for meeting and company event meals, but the company was not getting the desired results.
In 2014, Ring revamped its wellness program and removed snack machines from all facilities and replaced sugar-sweetened beverages in drink machines with 100 percent fruit juices or diet soda. Healthy snacks – including fruit, low-calorie snacks and nuts – became available at no cost to employees.
To help encourage physical activity, Ring added a walking path to its company headquarters in Oakland, Tenn., and other facilities have designated walking areas, as well. Employees are encouraged to utilize the walking paths for meetings.
“We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from incorporating these new options,” said Ben Livingston, the president and CEO of Ring. “I think our employees appreciate the availability of these healthy options at no cost.”
To help facilitate the wellness program throughout the company, each Ring facility has a designated wellness coordinator to lead the healthy living initiative.
“We want to involve our employees at every level and provide them an encouraging environment to get healthy,” Livingston said. “We have made a big commitment to wellness, and believe promoting a healthy lifestyle is the right thing to do for our employees, their families and the communities we serve.”