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Manatee County receives award by the American Heart Association

MANATEE -- Manatee County has been named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association.

The county has also received the Worksite Innovation Award for the Fit Nuts program, which "encourages employees to focus on fitness and healthy nutrition for better health," according to a news release.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by the AMA," Natalie Johnson, ManateeChoice Health Plan manager of health and lifestyle programs, said in the news release. "Providing customized wellness resources and programs at the worksite is an ongoing effort that can change the cutlure, engagement and productivity of a workforce. We are thankful to be given the opportunity to provide health and wellbeing to our employees with the support of the Manatee County Government Commissioners and Administration."

Manatee County was notified of the award in a letter sent from Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO, to county Administrator Ed Hunzeker.

"You are among an elite group of awardees for this important initiative," the letter reads. "You have fulfilled key criteria and demonstrated a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees."

The county has also previously been awarded the overall winner for Tampa Bay Business Journal's Healthiest Employer in 2014 and an Innovation Award for Fit Nuts last year through the Medical Fitness Association.

Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.