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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - The American Heart Association honors South Jersey Healthcare with four awards

Vineland, NJ (November 19) – On November 5, the American Heart Association (AHA) presented South Jersey Healthcare with four recent awards: the Community Fitness Innovation Award, the Fit-Friendly Platinum Award, the Get With the Guidelines Silver Award for Heart Failure and the Get with the Guidelines Silver Award for Stroke Care.

For the third consecutive year, South Jersey Healthcare has received the Fit-Friendly Platinum Award, an award that recognizes companies who create a workplace and culture that fosters and supports healthy lifestyle choices for its employees.  This is an achievement that fewer than 200 companies across the country have earned.

The AHA also recognized SJH for its pioneering approach to addressing the health and well-being of the community by awarding the system with the Community Fitness Innovation Award, an award that is presented to organizations who promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles in their communities as well as among their employees.  SJH is one of only 15 companies in the nation have received this recognition.

The Community Fitness Innovation Award was specifically awarded for the childhood obesity prevention program, called S.T.E.P.S.  SJH partnered with the YMCA and local school districts to implement the S.T.E.P.S. program which teaches children and their families how to increase their level of physical activity, and how to make healthier food choices.

“To tackle a problem such as childhood obesity, it takes commitment, resources, and expertise,” said Bruce Willson, director of the SJH Fitness Connection.  “Fortunately, we, as an organization along with our partnering agencies, have been able to bring all of these necessary ingredients together to create the S.T.E.P.S. program.”

In addition, the Heart Failure and Stroke Care programs at the SJH Regional Medical Center were awarded with the Get with the Guidelines Silver awards for achieving and maintaining aggressive performance goals for 12 consecutive months.