Heart association lauds Lowcountry hospitals

The American Heart Association recognized two Lowcountry hospitals as 2010 Start! Fit-Friendly companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace -- Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital. Start! Fit-Friendly companies reach gold-level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements. To reach the Fit Friendly Company gold status, Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital have made several additions to their campuses encouraging their employees and visitors to be healthy and active, including installing fitness trails at both hospital locations for employees to walk in a safe environment.

To view the complete list of the 2010 Start! Fit-Friendly companies, or to apply for recognition, go to startwalkingnow.org.