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FSU Receives Renewed Designation as a “Fit-Friendly Company” From American Heart Association

For the second year in a row, Frostburg State University was recently recognized by the American Heart Association and Start! for maintaining its status as a “Gold Start! Fit Friendly Company.” This status puts FSU among an elite group of awardees and acknowledges the University’s efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace. FSU first received this award in March 2009.

“I am extremely pleased that FSU is maintaining its Fit Friendly Company status 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 acknowledges 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 campuswide wellness initiative supported by a contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. 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 raise its profile as an institution committed to fostering wellness at the workplace and allow it to continue partnering with the AHA in offering resources, materials and consultation that support the University’s workplace wellness endeavors. As part of maintaining this status, FSU is recognized on the AHA’s Web site as well as at local AHA events in Maryland. The AHA will also continue to list FSU in various communication materials supporting the recognition program. Additionally, the University gets 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.

“Our renewed designation is valid through April 2011,” said April Baer, project coordinator for University Wellness. “We are now able to use this information to promote the campus through recruitment of students and employees as we were able to do so last year.”

“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 To learn more about FSU, visit For information on FSU’s CHILL, visit

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. -end-

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