PSU Receives American Heart Association Award for Healthy Workplace

July 28th, 2014 by blyndes

Plymouth State University healthly living advocates accept the American Heart Association's Gold Fit-Friendly Award at a ceremony July 28. Left to right, Denise Normandin, Healthy PSU Program Manager, Elaine Doell, PSU Human Resources Director, Rebecca Busanich, Healthy PSU, Sara Jayne Steen, PSU President, Cindy Rybczyk, American Heart Association, Steve Taksar, PSU Vice President for Finance and Administration and Barbara McCahan, PSU Professor, Health and Human Performance.

Plymouth, N.H. –The American Heart Association has recognized Plymouth State University as a Gold Level recipient of the Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program. PSU received the accolade for its efforts in promoting a heart-healthy diet and exercise lifestyle to its employees. Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said the Fit-Friendly Award shows the institution is taking the health and well-being of its work-force seriously.

“ Plymouth State University is a vibrant campus,” Steen said, “and part of being vibrant is taking health and wellness seriously as a community.  The Healthy PSU team has been engaging people with innovative, enjoyable programs.”

Cynthia Rybczyk of the American Heart Association, who presented the award, said the University is among only 20 Granite State organizations to earn the Fit-Friendly recognition.

“You’re leading the way.  You’re setting an example to other communities on why health education, physical activity and diet are so important,” said Rybczyk. “Our work is really about educating people to be heart healthy, so it’s great to have people at Plymouth State that we can learn from and ideas to share with other companies.”

Denise Normandin, Healthy PSU Program Manager, noted the University has promoted healthy activities like a walking program and nutritious diet choices, and employees have supported them.

“We’re really seeing a shift in the culture of people embracing wellness, and it’s exciting to see the change as people make healthier choices,” said Normandin.

Plymouth State University was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by these actions:

  • Offering employees physical activity support.
  • Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promoting a wellness culture.
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or