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FSU Named a ‘Fit-Friendly Company’ by American Heart Association
03/31/2009

The American Heart Association recently recognized Frostburg State University as a “Fit Friendly Company” for its efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace.

“I am extremely pleased that FSU has earned Fit Friendly Company status from the American Heart Association and feel that this recognition opens doors for the University to continue developing a strong focus on health and wellness,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Everyone at FSU who has been involved in promoting wellness in the workplace deserves recognition for their outstanding efforts in this area.”

The recognition by AHA follows a year-long series of programs focusing on wellness, including many activities and events organized by FSU’s Office of Human Resources and CHILL (Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles), a campus-wide wellness initiative supported by a contribution from AstraZeneca. Highlights from FSU’s efforts to promote wellness include several workshops with wellness and fitness expert Scott Cole as well as campus walks and other activities focusing on exercise and stress management.

The Fit Friendly Company award will help FSU to raise its profile as an institution committed to fostering wellness at the workplace and enable it to partner with the AHA in offering resources, materials and consultation that support the University’s workplace wellness endeavors. As part of receiving this new status, FSU will be recognized on the AHA’s Web site as well as at local AHA events in Maryland. The AHA will also list FSU in various communication materials supporting the recognition program.

Additionally, the University received a recognition plaque to display in its Human Resources office, where both current and prospective employees will be able to see the award and learn how FSU is committed to wellness.

“There are many different departments on the campus that are making significant contributions to the health and wellness of FSU employees,” said Dr. Tom Bowling, Vice President of Student & Educational Services. “There is a strong sense that, collectively, we can make a difference in the quality of life for both our students and our employees by focusing on wellness."

For more information about the award, visit www.americanheart.org/start. To learn more about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

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

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu