April 26, 2012

VU recognized as ‘fit-friendly’

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Vanderbilt employees walk during the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day on April 4. (photo by Joe Howell)

For the fifth consecutive year, Vanderbilt has been recognized by the American Heart Association with its Platinum Level Start! Fit-friendly Company Award.

This award is given to companies that demonstrate progressive leadership toward making health and wellness a priority for their workforce. Vanderbilt will receive recognition in the September issue of Fortune magazine for the accomplishment.

“We would like to thank everyone whose hard work, program participation and dedication helped Vanderbilt once again win the American Heart Association’s Platinum Level award,” said Lori Rolando, M.D., medical director of Health Plus.

“The award is the AHA’s pinnacle of corporate wellness and is given to those companies that make the health and wellness of their employees a priority. We would especially like to thank our senior leadership, whose continued support and encouragement have exemplified this culture of wellness at Vanderbilt.”

Health Plus and Vanderbilt Heart collaborate to provide the Start! Physical Activity Program and encourage all employees to participate in reaching the 2012 goal of 1.75 billion combined steps by Dec. 31.