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NewBridge Bank Receives American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company Award

January 24, 2012

NewBridge Bank’s corporate headquarters has been recognized as an American Heart Association Gold-level Fit-Friendly Company.  The company has taken measures to receive this recognition including stair accessibility, negotiated discounts with local gyms, fitness class offering, and more.

“Part of NewBridge Bank’s mission is to support our employees,” said Robin Hager, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Resource Officer for NewBridge Bank.  “Our ultimate goal is to have healthy and happy banking professionals dedicated to their personal well-being. We hope to be a corporate leader in wellness since the physical health of the communities we serve is interconnected with the overall health and vitality of our local economy.”

Fit-Friendly Companies are recognized nationally by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. These companies provide convenient ways for employees to eat better and be more active throughout their work day, including creating walking routes, promoting on-site exercise programs, developing tracking tools, and offering incentives for employees that improve their health.

The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

American employers face increasing healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity that cost an estimated $225.8 billion a year. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. Fit- Friendly Companies help change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Other Guilford County American Heart Association Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Companies include Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., Strategic Employee Benefit Services, United Healthcare, VF Corporation and SteelFab, regionally based in Charlotte.  The next American Heart Association Fit-Friendly application deadline is January 20, 2012.  For more information on how to become an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company, visit

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

Jillian Gibson
Vice President, Director of Marketing
(336) 369-0900