West Virginia University has been recognized as a 2011 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies recognition program. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority in an effort to reduce the risk of heart disease.

“WVU received this recognition because of the wellness programs and resources introduced in the past several years by Kimberly Zaph, employee wellness program manager, and Toni Christian, director of employee benefits administration” said Margaret Phillips, vice president for human resources. “Ms. Zaph has not only introduced new wellness initiatives to our employees, she has recruited more than 80 wellness coordinators across the campus to spread the word about living a healthy lifestyle. Ms. Christian is currently making plans for the 2012 EmployeeFest which will have a dominant theme devoted to wellness and health screenings.”

The WVU Division of Human Resources, Benefits Administration Unit is committed to supporting employee wellness. One of its primary goals is to make it easier for faculty and staff to learn about and use resources available to them to build a healthier WVU workforce. For more information on the many employee wellness offerings at WVU, visit the Division’s website at: http://employeewellness.wvu.edu/.



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