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American Heart AssociationKIRKSVILLE, Mo. (2-18-09) – In recent years, A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) have partnered in several initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle. This week, ATSU and NRMC have partnered again in celebration of American Heart Month and are hosting a Wear Red Day/Healthy Heart Fitness Fair for the community on February 20 at ATSU’s Centennial Commons from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this free event.

The Healthy Heart Fitness Fair is bringing together several local venues to one place: the YMCA, Thompson Campus Center, Northeast Regional Health and Fitness Center, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville Aquatic Center, Truman State University, American Heart Association, and others. These organizations will be stationed in the Commons with fitness equipment and educational materials to give attendees the latest tools in achieving a heart healthy lifestyle. Attendees will have an opportunity to take part in free wellness screenings and will also have a chance to win several prize drawings.

In addition, Dan Martin, M.A., Thompson Campus Center director and American Heart Association spokesman, will make a healthy heart presentation at noon. A heart healthy lunch will be served by Hy-Vee, with a portion of the cost benefiting the American Heart Association and Kirksville’s second annual Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala. Coffee and hot chocolate will also be available for purchase from Washington Street Java Co.

“We are excited to join with NRMC and several local vendors to provide this wellness opportunity for the community and our employees,” said ATSU Human Resources Director Donna Brown, M.B.A. “It’s vital that we all work together to raise awareness of this important issue.”

To help raise funds for research and education and pass along information about heart disease and stroke, attendees can visit the American Heart Association (AHA) booth at the Fair, pick up valuable literature, and donate $5 and fill out a tribute card for someone they know who’s experienced a heart event.

While heart awareness has always been a concern for ATSU and NRMC, both institutions have recently made strides to increase awareness. NRMC held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its Cardiac Catheterization Lab on February 10 which provides diagnostic services. In November 2008, ATSU and NRMC partnered with the AHA to host Kirksville’s inaugural Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala, a red tie benefit to raise money for AHA research on heart disease. This year, ATSU and NRMC will host its second annual Heart Gala. The event is scheduled for November 7 at Truman State University.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 1, 2008 ) A.T. Still University and Northeast Regional Medical Center have partnered with the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease as co-presenting sponsors of the 2008 Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala to be held November 8 at ATSU’s Connell Information Technologies Center, Blumenthal Clinical Osteopathic Skills Lab.

A red tie affair, the gala will bring together members of the community, local businesses, and heart survivors in support of the American Heart Association, with all proceeds benefitting the AHA. “This event is a great way to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said American Heart Association Representative Rebecca Collier. “Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the number-one cause of death in America.”

The gala promises to be a fun and exciting celebration of life, with the evening’s events to include a silent and live auction, dinner, dancing, live music, and a tribute to local heart survivors. Lisa Archer, RN, BSN, quality improvement coordinator at NRMC and chair of the Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala executive committee, has been planning the inaugural event for more than a year. “It has been a labor of love,” Archer said, “and we are excited to present this event in honor of the survivors and to contribute what we can to the cause.”


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University recognized two years in a row

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 21, 2008 ) – A.T. Still University was recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition program in April. The University joins an elite group of AHA awardees who have created a culture of physical importance in the workplace. This is the second year in a row ATSU has received Fit-Friendly recognition.

The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program, sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® Restaurants, Healthy Choice® and AstraZeneca, is a catalyst for positive change in American business. Companies throughout the nation can be part of the Start! Movement by demonstrating progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

ATSU was recognized as a Gold Level Start! Fit Friendly Company for fulfilling the following parameters:

  • Offering employees’ physical activity support
  • Increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promoting a wellness culture
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture                

“We are extremely honored and very excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association. Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities at ATSU,” said Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center.

American Heart Association representative Rebecca Collier presented Martin with the 2008 gold plate to be placed on the University’s Fit-Friendly Plaque on April 11.


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University one of few nationwide to receive American Heart Association recognition

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 3, 2007) – On April 28, representatives from the American Heart Association visited the headquarters of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., to recognize the institution for its outstanding efforts to create a fitness- and wellness-friendly environment on its campuses in Kirksville and Mesa, Ariz. ATSU is the only institution in Arizona to receive any level of recognition, and one of only four in Missouri.

Dan Martin, director of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center and the university’s unofficial “fitness guy,” said recognition from the American Heart Association was especially important because of the Association’s reputation nationwide as a health information and policy resource.

“When the American Heart Association says something, from CPR techniques to blood pressure management to exercise routines, people take it as fact and act immediately,” Martin said. “That they have recognized ATSU as the gold-standard for fit-friendly work and education environments is a great endorsement of our university and an incentive to work everyday to make them even better.”

The Association evaluated organizations based on physical activities offered or encouraged; nutrition policies, alternatives, or incentives; and institutional culture.

“At A.T. Still University, our core values, which are derived from the principles of osteopathic medicine, include a strong focus on personal wellness and fitness and prevention over treatment,” said James McGovern, Ph.D., president of ATSU. “Providing wellness and fitness options to our faculty, staff, and students not only follows our institutional mission, but it’s good common sense when you’re talking about the bottom line of a business and controlling costs.”


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