TU recognized as fit-friendly employer

Friday, October 08, 2010

American Heart Association grants TU gold recognition

The University of Tulsa has been recognized by the National Center of the American Heart Association as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company and awarded Gold Recognition.

The Start! Program, administered by the American Heart Association, calls on businesses and their employees to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives.

TU is dedicated to creating a healthful working environment for faculty and staff members, offering incentives to those who exercise and providing facilities such as the Collins Fitness Center and Mabee Gym.

The Collins Fitness Center houses three basketball courts, a workout area with more than 200 pieces of exercise equipment, and a lounge with a big-screen television, furniture, and a Starbucks. Other features include a game room, a suspended indoor track, and a sound system that runs throughout the building.

The Mabee Gym provides racquetball and squash facilities. The university also offers faculty and staff use of an outdoor track and multiple tennis courts.

The TU Fit-Friendly program offers opportunities to work out with friends and co-workers while enjoying a variety of free activities every month. There is open enrollment in the TU Fit-Friendly program; for more information, including walking maps, prize information, and a list of activities, please see http://www.utulsa.edu/personnel/relations/. At that site are links to Fitness Program LibGuide, which offers fitness and nutrition articles, recipes, and information.

Designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business, the Start! Program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. The program recognizes and rewards companies for progressive leadership and for making the health and wellness of their staff a priority. The program is also meant to encourage other companies to participate and demonstrate similar physical activity practices for their employees.


Devra McManus