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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - SJH Recognized as AHA Start! Fit-Friendly Company at Platinum Level for Second Consecutive Year

VINELAND, NJ – The American Heart Association presented South Jersey Healthcare with its Start! Fit-Friendly Platinum award for the second consecutive year Wednesday, Nov. 5. SJH is the only health care organization in New Jersey to receive the Platinum Level award in 2008, and one of only 98 companies nationwide.

The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. SJH achieved platinum-level status through the AHA program by meeting the following criteria:

  • Offering employees physical activity options in the workplace
  • Increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
  • Promoting a wellness culture in the workplace
  • Implementing at least nine criteria outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
  • Demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness

“We are extremely honored and very excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company for a second year in a row,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, COO of SJH Regional Medical Center. “With the Fit Friendly program, the AHA has provided a framework for employers to help their employees lead healthier lives. I am confident that the Fit Friendly program will continue to make a difference here at South Jersey Healthcare.”

Recognition is a critical component of the Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the AHA. They are listed on the program’s national Web site, and a special advertising section in the October 27 issue of Forbes magazine will include a complete list of the companies across the nation that have been designated as Fit-Friendly.

Start! is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® Restaurants, Healthy Choice® and AstraZeneca. For more information about the Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program and how it is helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, visit

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart diseases and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year.  In fiscal year 2006–07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.