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American Heart Association names TWU a Gold Fit-Friendly worksite

TWU representatives receive a plaque from the American Heart Association

Assistant Director of Health Promotions Sonia Redwine and Amy Allison, Health Services Educator, with TWU's plaque.

The American Heart Association has named Texas Woman’s University a Gold level Fit-Friendly worksite based on the level of wellness initiatives on campus aimed at faculty and staff members.

TWU’s focus on health and wellness is well known from an educational standpoint, with top-tier programs in nursing, nutrition and occupational and physical therapy just to name a few. But the university’s latest distinction from the American Heart Association shows that commitment runs deep in TWU culture.

“It says that TWU is a place that walks like it talks,” said assistant director of health promotion Sonia Redwine. “If we can reflect healthy decisions back to our student community with our actions, what we say to them encouraging healthy lifestyles carries more weight.”

The designation is a timely one for TWU, as February is American Heart Month. The university is taking the opportunity to start conversations about heart health and women’s health in general through February’s Go Red For Women campaign and throughout the semester with campus activities like Well Woman’s Wednesdays.

The American Heart Association culled information related to the number and types of wellness initiatives available to employees, and took a look into how the concept of wellness is enmeshed with the institutional culture at TWU to see where the university fits on the Fit-Friendly ladder. Redwine and a group from Health Promotion accepted the award at the AHA’s Dallas Fit-Friendly Symposium on Jan. 29.

Presenters at the symposium echoed Redwine’s sentiment that fostering a healthier campus environment doesn’t necessarily mean overhauling everything already in place.

“The biggest thing is making healthy choices easier for people to make,” Redwine said. “Making little changes like putting fruits and veggies at eye level instead of processed items or encouraging people to use the stairs when possible, or to have contests with tracking steps on our pedometers. We try to make it as easy as possible for members of our community to get involved.”

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