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Frostburg State University’s Heart Smart Bobcats Move Through February
04/05/2010

Despite blizzard winds and several feet of snow, a group of FSU students and staff maintained their commitment to themselves and their heart health throughout the month of February by participating in the Be Heart Smart program sponsored by CHILL (Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles).

Originally launched in September 2008 with a contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, CHILL promotes health practices and education among college students and the local community. The four-week Be Heart Smart program, one of many activities promoted through CHILL, encouraged all participants to meet the minimum requirements for aerobic exercise to increase their cardiovascular health through the use of the American Heart Association’s Start! program.

FSU students Shead Clark, Tiffany Johnston, Heather Lindsey, Megan Lithicum, Amanda Matousek and Sierra Pitman and FSU staff Doug Baer, Crystal Frantz and Ann Parrish strove to meet their weekly goals with a total combined workout time of 118 hours and 30 minutes. Clark was named a winner by logging more than 4 hours of workout-time a week over the course of the four-week competition. “I decided to participate in the CHILL Heart Smart program to set an example for other students,” he said. “I feel healthier, happier and more confident when I work out.”

“Winter is not the most motivating of seasons,” said April Baer, coordinator for University Wellness. “Our intent was to provide that extra push for all Bobcats to find the time and the motivation to stay fit during this very cold, very long winter.” In 2009, FSU was recognized by the American Heart Association for its efforts to promote wellness across campus by being named a Fit Friendly Company. FSU also received an additional Workplace Innovation Award in honor of its work with the CHILL program.

To learn more about CHILL, visit www.frostburg.edu/chill or e-mail wellness@frostburg.edu. For info about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Web Address for More Information: http://www.frostburg.edu/chill

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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