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American Heart Association

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AHA Media Contact
Lisa Cruz
San Antonio Communications Director Office: (210) 617-2604
Cell: (210) 724-1691

American Heart Association Recognizes Local Fit-Friendly Companies
Fit Friendly Symposium in June to assist companies seeking wellness program info

SAN ANTONIO (April 16) –The American Heart Association is pleased to announce the recognition of 13 San Antonio regional companies as Fit Friendly organizations. BDO USA, Bethel AME Church, Broadway Bank, CPS Energy, Joeris General Contractors, Mission Trail Baptist, North Central Baptist, Northeast Baptist Hospital, Pepsi, United Healthcare and University of Phoenix, have each received Fit-Friendly gold status certification. Schreiner University in Kerrville also received gold certification, and Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville received platinum certification.

The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly certification program recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. Fit-Friendly Companies reach gold and platinum level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools.

“The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and the business community plays an important role in the health and wellness of our community,” said John Zachry, Chair of the American Heart Association San Antonio Division and CEO of Zachry Holdings, Inc. “To encourage increased wellness efforts and share best practices, The American Heart Association will host its first Fit Friendly Symposium in San Antonio on June 4, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade.”

Sponsored by Security Service Federal Credit Union, the symposium will host companies like H-E-B, Broadway Bank and SAWS in sharing best practices in workplace wellness. The Fit Friendly Symposium is a free event aimed at equipping companies both large and small with information and resources to implement worksite wellness programs into the corporate culture of their organizations. For more information on the Fit Friendly Symposium or to register your company’s attendees, please contact Tammi Collins at 210-617-2615 or

Studies released by the American Heart Association report that obesity costs companies $225.8 billion per year in health-related productivity losses. According to a 2004 study released in Critical Pathways in Cardiology, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved if one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.

As well the inherent health and wellness perks, Fit-Friendly companies receive access to the American Heart Association’s online resources and material, tracking and promotional tools, newsletter templates for distribution to employees and consultation on CPR/AED programs.

The Fit Friendly program is a part of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life” platform, aimed at educating communities about the lifestyle changes necessary to lead a heart healthy life.


About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team 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 American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call our San Antonio office at (210) 617-2600.