SCF Receives American Heart Association Innovation Award, Named Fit-Friendly Worksite

(Bradenton, Fla., April 2, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has been named a gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) and received an Innovation Award for the first time at an AHA breakfast Wednesday, April 1, at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.

Proud that SCF’s Pride in Wellness Program has been recognized for making a difference in the lives of faculty, staff and students, SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld commended Employee Wellness Coordinator Kristi Bracewell for implementing innovative ideas, including the Progressive Marathon Walking Challenge, which encouraged employees to take brief walks on campus to incrementally complete a marathon in less than a month.

“SCF’s Pride in Wellness Program is truly an innovative program, as evidenced by the award I gratefully received today. Our Progressive Marathon Walking Challenge was so easy and yet produced exponential results for our employees. Many could not imagine walking a marathon when the program began, but in 26 days, they each had accomplished it. We take the health of our employees very seriously at SCF, and we are a better team thanks to Fit-Friendly programs,” Probstfeld said.

Committed to providing physical activity and wellness opportunities for employees, SCF has been recognized as an AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite for more than five years. SCF regularly provides onsite exercise classes, individual wellness coaching services, monthly wellness seminars, lifestyle improvement programs, online wellness tools, and other programs, including health and wellness challenges.

“At SCF, we strive to create a culture that promotes and supports healthy behaviors by educating, encouraging and empowering employees to improve their quality of life through resources and programs that meet their needs,” Bracewell said. “We are pleased that we have achieved the American Heart Association’s gold standard as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.”

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