American Heart Association Honors MSSU

November 1, 2011
CONTACT: Heather Arnold
Heart Association Award 2011JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The American Heart Association officially recognized Missouri Southern State University as a Gold Level Fit Friendly Company in a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the MSSU’s Beimdiek Recreation Center.

Karl Schmidt, Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, presented a plaque to the university to recognize Missouri Southern's achievement. Missouri Southern President, Dr. Bruce Speck, and others from MSSU accepted the award on behalf of Missouri Southern State University.

Pictured at Left: (left to right), President Speck, Karl Schmidt, Aquatics and Wellness Director Heather Arnold, Dean of Students Ron Mitchell and Darren Fullerton, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association stated in a letter to Dr. Speck, “As a Gold Level Award recipient, you have  not only recognized the importance of a healthy workplace for your employees but have taken important steps to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.”

“You have promoted a wellness culture by providing support to employees,” Brown continued. “You have supported employees and implemented physical, nutritional and cultural changes.  These are extraordinary efforts and we commend you and your employees.”
The Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees and create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

Fit-Friendly Companies have the right to use the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Gold seal on all internal communications and external communications.

Fewer than 1,000 companies/groups across the nation are recognized as Fit-Friendly by the AHA.

MSSU also received the designation in recognition for its Wellness program offerings last year.

For more information, contact Heather Arnold, MSSU Aquatics and Wellness Director at (417) 625-9533 or e-mail