U-M earns American Heart Association Start! Award

2009 Gold Start AwardFor the second year in a row, the American Heart Association has recognized the University of Michigan with a Start! Fit Friendly Companies Gold Award. The award recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

The University of Michigan won the 2009 Gold Award for the work of MHealthy which provides health and well-being services for U-M faculty and staff. During the past year, MHealthy became an official program of the University, launched a new Web site, conducted wellness assessments for over 17,000 employees, engaged 10,000 participants in Active U and raised $25,000 for charity. In addition, MHealthy rolled out new or expanded offerings in the areas of physical activity, healthy eating, ergonomics awareness, and mental and emotional health, and created a video titled, "Building a Culture of Health."