Truman Receives Recognition from the American Heart Association


Lisa Archer (left), chair of the third annual Kirksville Heartwalk Committee, and Jennifer Hively (right), AHA northeast regional director, present Truman State University President Barbara Dixon (center) with a plaque at the recent Kirksville Heartwalk.

n April, Truman State University was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition program.

The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program is a catalyst for positive change in American business. Companies throughout the nation can be part of the Start! movement by demonstrating progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

Truman State University was recognized as a Gold Level Start! Fit Friendly Company by the American Heart Association Start! Movement for fulfilling the following parameters: offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at the worksite, promoting a wellness culture, and implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.

“We are extremely honored and very excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! Movement as a Gold Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company,” said Karen Skoch, fitness/wellness director at Truman. “Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities here at Truman, and we encourage all of our employees to incorporate physical activity into the workday through programs we offer (such as the Staff Exercise Release Time, free membership to the Student Recreation Center, free fitness classes, free TruFit program, free pedometers, free indoor walking track in Pershing and SRC, free usage of the Truman Natatorium, free health workshops, and exercise incentive programs for prizes). Other options also include being able to choose healthy eating options at Sodexho using the point-of-service materials provided.”

For more information on Start!, or other American Heart Association activities, or what you can do to incorporate more physical activity into your regular work schedule, stop by the Student Recreation Center or check out for more information.

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