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Edmonds Community College recognized for culture of wellness
For the third year in a row, the American Heart Association has named Edmonds Community College a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace, which puts the college among an elite group of awardees for this initiative.
Edmonds CC was honored for recognizing the importance of a healthy workplace and for its support of employees.
“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s ‘My Heart. My Life.’ initiative,” said Barbara Pardo, program coordinator for Edmonds CC’s LiveWell program. The program assists students, employees, and their family members in making voluntary behavior changes that reduce health and injury risks, improve health consumer skills, and enhance individual productivity and well-being.Being recognized at the gold level means that Edmonds Community College:
- Offers all employees physical activity support,
- Provides a number of healthy eating options,
- Promotes a wellness culture, and
- Embraces at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.
Edmonds CC exceeded all requirements, and is the only institution of higher education in Puget Sound to have achieved gold status. In addition, the college won first place among colleges and universities in the 2010 and 2011 Governor's Health Bowl.
As a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite, Edmonds CC receives recognition on the AHA’s Start Walking Now website, and recognition by the AHA at local events, and in communication material supporting the program. In addition, the college can now use the AHA’s Fit-Friendly Worksites gold seal on all internal and external communications for recruitment purposes.
As part of its recognition as a Gold Level winner, Edmonds CC received a WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstation.