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News Release

Date: 5/21/08

ATSU Fit Friendly

University recognized two years in a row

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – 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.


Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the Postgraduate School of Osteopathic Clinical Research.

The Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization with four regional offices serving 10 affiliate community foundations. Established in 1978, ACF is among the top 30 community foundations in the nation with more than half a billion dollars in endowment and trust assets. For more information, visit or call 602.381.1400.