American Heart Association recognizes Kennesaw State University with GOLD award

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KSU Employee Fitness Center wins Fit-Friendly Worksite honor Photo caption (l-r) : KSU Fitness…

Georgia (Jun 6, 2013)KSU Employee Fitness Center wins Fit-Friendly Worksite honor

Photo caption (l-r) : KSU Fitness Center's Sherry Grable and Farrah Spellman, join with President Papp as he accepts the American Heart Association award from Lane Hammack, as WellStar College of Health and Human Services Dean Richard Sowell looks on.

KENNESAW, Ga.  (June 6, 2013) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) GOLD-level Fit-friendly Worksite award. The honor is presented annually to organizations nationwide that “go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health,” according to the Dallas-based non-profit.

The AHA noted the KSU Employee Fitness Center measured up by improving employees’ physical activity levels and promoting good health practices, providing proper diet and nutrition information, and by promoting walking programs and tracking tools. KSU was the only university in the state to be honored.

“We’re very proud of the outstanding job the KSU Employee Fitness Center staff does to improve the physical well-being of our campus community,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State University. “Winning the American Heart Association’s GOLD award demonstrates what a great achievement this truly is.”

As a GOLD level award recipient, the AHA said KSU won praise for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace for its employees and taking important steps to create a culture of wellness by providing support to employees.

“The staff of the KSU Employee Fitness Center makes sure every individual’s health and exercise needs are addressed,” said Sherry Grable, director of the Center. “Most workers spend so much time each day behind their desks, so we need to increase activity. As the American Heart Association reminds us, heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. and physical inactivity doubles that risk.”

According to the AHA, the Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace. Worksites can apply on an annual basis for GOLD level recognition. Recognition is valid for one year and worksites must renew annually.

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


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit