GW recognized as a Platinum Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites

July 01, 2014

In May 2014, The George Washington University was recognized as a Platinum Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. Platinum is the highest level of recognition.

The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. GW was recognized as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association’s initiative for:

·         Offering employees physical activity support.

·         Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.

·         Promoting a wellness culture.

·         Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

·         Demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.             

“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Kara Musselman the Employee Wellness Coordinator “Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities here at GW and we encourage all of our employees to take advantage of the many wellness programs offered here." 

     Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. They are listed on the program’s national website. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications. For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy,  visit startwalkingnow.org

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.