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Northern Virginia Training Center Gold Level Winner

(Richmond - July 13, 2005) - The Northern Virginia Training Center in Fairfax is one of just 20 state agencies to achieve the top Gold Level award, in the Healthy Virginians Workplace program. For the past year, employees at NVTC have pushed hard to become more active and improve their overall health.

Common Health Coordinators Cynthia Lott, Chris Morin and Jeannie Klein have led the way, directing a program focused on fitness and exercise, diet and weight control. NVTC has sponsored Walk Challenges, and issued personal pedometers to staff members to help add 2,000 steps to their daily routine. Health-checks monitored blood pressure and cholesterol. Employees were encouraged to replace coffee and soda with water.

In the end, their efforts paid off. Northern Virginia Training Center received the Gold Award at ceremonies held at John Tyler Community College July 11th. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Jane H. Woods acknowledged the accomplishments, and thanked the leaders for getting so many employees involved in the campaign. The honor is part of the Governorís Healthy Virginians Initiative, in which the Commonwealth is encouraging a culture of health and physical activity among state employees.


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