American Heart Association Recognizes Rollins for Employee Wellness Programs

February 08, 2010

On Friday, February 5, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Rollins as the latest Central Florida organization to join its Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program.  To date, a total of 26 companies in Central Florida have applied and been recognized by AHA for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace.

“Adult Americans spend most of their waking hours at work,” said Luanne Lumpkins, Metro Vice President of the American Heart Association. “This program is a way to promote a culture of healthy activity.”

Rollins promotes a healthy environment for all members of its community—students, faculty and staff.  The College was recognized because it is a non-smoking environment, offers great exercise facilities, a variety of health screenings and healthy nutrition options. 

President Duncan thanked the American Heart Association for its efforts to keep America healthy and the team of employees who championed the effort to garner this recognition for Rollins.  “We are fortunate to work on a beautiful, 70-acre lakeside property,” he told those gathered.  “Take advantage of this pedestrian campus, or play tennis, enjoy the air-conditioned exercise facilities in the state-of-the-art Alfond Sports Center or the Alfond Swimming Pool."

After the presentation of the plaque on the steps of the Cornell Campus Center, members of the Rollins community joined Rollins President Duncan in “500 Steps for a Healthier You,” a walk around the center of campus.

Following the walk, Sodexo, Rollins’ food service provider, presented a healthy cooking demonstration in the Balanced Way Vegan Station, its newest addition to College’s Marketplace dining area.  Complimentary samples of Pad Thai (and the secret recipe) were provided.  Balanced Way selections use whole grains, lean proteins, more fruits and vegetables and less fat, sugar and sodium to make it possible to enjoy menu favorites and still eat right.  Free pedometers, blood pressure checks and literature were available and students, faculty and staff tried out Wii Fitness in the Darden Lounge.

Manager of Human Resources David Zajchowski announced the R-Healthy Living Community, an initiative which is currently in development.  More information will soon be available.

For tools you can use for a healthier you, visit Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program

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