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FSU Recognized With 'Worksite Innovation Award' From American Heart Association

The American Heart Association recently recognized Frostburg State University with a “Worksite Innovation Award.” Presented twice a year, the Worksite Innovation Award is given to a worksite/company that leads the development and implementation of innovative and effective programs that promote physical activity specifically in the workplace. FSU was one of only three organizations that received the Worksite Innovation Award in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate region for the AHA.

This latest award follows FSU’s accolade of being named a “Fit Friendly Company” by the AHA in March. Both honors recognize the various ways FSU has worked to champion the health of its employees and to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace through CHILL (Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles), a campus-wide wellness initiative supported by a contribution from AstraZeneca. Highlights from FSU’s efforts to promote physical fitness include several workshops with wellness and fitness expert Scott Cole as well as campus walks and other activities focusing on exercise and stress management. CHILL also hosted a two-day series of wellness workshops where faculty and staff were invited to connect with campus and community resources as well as learn tips on ways to incorporate wellness into their workday routines.

“Our program is gaining momentum and we have specific goals in sight,” said April Baer, project coordinator for University Wellness. “We feel that through this esteemed recognition, our campus and community will feel validated and motivated in our efforts to promote wellness.”

An application reviewer for the AHA commented that, “Frostburg State University is serving the needs of students, faculty and staff through this program and this may be a good model for similar schools. … Let’s hope the institution is able to find a sustainable way to keep this progress going.”

CHILL is supported by a contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. For more information about CHILL, contact Baer at 301-687-3035 or e-mail For more information about the American Heart Association, 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. For more information, visit

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