American Heart Association recognizes Kennesaw State for healthy workplace initiatives

KSU Employee Fitness Center wins gold-level honor for second consecutive year Click here…

Georgia (Aug 18, 2014)KSU Employee Fitness Center wins gold-level honor for second consecutive year

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 18, 2014) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite award for the second consecutive year. 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 nonprofit.

According to the American Heart Association, Kennesaw State’s Employee Fitness Center measured up by improving employees’ physical activity levels, promoting good health practices, providing proper diet and nutrition information, and promoting walking programs and tracking tools.

“This award represents our efforts as a campus community to create a culture of wellness and improve the health of Kennesaw State University’s employees and their families,” said Farrah Spellman, assistant director of the center. “The Employee Fitness Center increases the opportunity for our employees to choose a healthier lifestyle by offering personal training and group fitness classes, and supporting employee wellness with smoking cessation, Weight Watchers and stress management classes.”

As a gold-level award recipient, Kennesaw State 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.

“Kennesaw State is among an elite group of awardees recognized for this important initiative and has achieved this great honor for the second year in a row,” said Kelsey Schival, event specialist at AHA.

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.

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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 – 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, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of its local offices around the country, or visit


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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