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Ole Miss recognized as a Fit-Friendly Workplace

Ole Miss has received recognition for the second time due to the healthy and physical activity of employees.

The University of Mississippi was recently recognized by the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program for facilitating healthy and active lifestyles for its employees. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is designed to recognize employers who encourage physical, nutritional and cultural wellness within the workplace. This is the second year in a row for Ole Miss to win platinum recognition. Ole Miss was the only university in the state to be recognized by the American Heart Association and was one of only two platinum recipients when it won previously in 2011. “We hope other universities will take the initiative shown by The University of Mississippi and institute their own employee health programs and apply for Fit-Friendly recognition,” said Lindsey Harmon, senior Heart Walk director at the American Heart Association. “With the initiatives Ole Miss has in place, they will help us reach our goal to improve the cardiovascular health and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.” Platinum level recognition is for companies that meet all the gold level standards, demonstrate one behavior change and one cost-savings change and achieved a positive return investment that is listed in the application form. They also must supply supporting data. In addition to the platinum level recognition, companies can earn gold designation and Worksite Innovation and Community Innovation awards. Chancellor Dan Jones praised university employees for their hard work. “I congratulate our staff and faculty for continuing to work on this being a stron- ger and healthier Ole Miss,” Jones said. The university currently offers employees membership to the Turner Center, walking challenges and healthy eating seminars, among other programs. “We are grateful for the strong relationship with the American Heart Association and appreciate the encour- agement and support to be fit-friendly,” Jones said.