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Freeman Health System Recognized as Platinum Level Fit Friendly Working Environment

The hospital is encouraging their employees to eat better and to be more physically fit.
JOPLIN, MO.--- The American Heart Association recognizes Freeman Health System as a platinum-level fit friendly working environment. The hospital is encouraging their employees to eat better and to be more physically fit. Freeman Health System employees have been working hard and breaking a little sweat to create a fit-friendly environment.

"Our number one goal here is just to help people stay healthy doing what they love," said Kendra Boswell, Physical Therapist. 

Freeman Health System is being recognized as a platinum-level fit friendly working environment.

"Meet certain criteria for physical activity and nutrition and you get recognized for your efforts in the work place. And when you get to the platinum level, it means you are starting to show that your activities are benefiting your population. They are becoming healthier," said Kris Drake, Wellness Coordinator at Freeman. 

Some of these include offering employees physical activity options in the workplace, increasing healthy eating options, and promoting a wellness culture. 

"So it's just real exciting to see things working and that people want to participate, and we are happy to be able to provide that for them," said Boswell. 

Freeman has also been awarded a community innovation award in recognition of their "Train-2-Run and Train-2-Perform" courses.

"We are doing that beyond our healthy system. We are getting out in the community, educating people, and providing opportunities for them to do training like this," said Drake. 

Freeman is also expanding their efforts to the community, trying to get more people to adopt healthier habits. One way Joplin residents can get involved is by participating in the Freeman Family 5-K this April. Families can sign up online by clicking here
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