ITHACA, NY – For the second consecutive year, Cayuga Wellness Center’s Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, has been awarded an annual national recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) for creating a culture of good health in the workplace.

The award names several of the entities of the newly name enhanced Cayuga Wellness Center.

“These entities contribute to the wellness and healthy living for our employees: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Island Health & Fitness, Rasa Spa, along with the hospital’s nutrition and dining team. This team has offered a long varied list of healthy lifestyle programs to our employees that include exercise, healthy eating and cooking, weight loss programs, diabetes care, stroke rehab, and smoking cessation. We are grateful that their hard work has been recognized each year by this prestigious national award.” said John Rudd, president and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center.

This innovative wellness center provides a wide range of health and wellness services for our community and the surrounding region. It brings together a group of approximately 255 professionals across several specialties — people who are both knowledgeable in their fields and genuinely committed to the concept of helping clients reach their personal health goals.

Each entity within the Cayuga Wellness Center works in collaboration to provide a continuum of care.

The award, the Gold Level Fit-Friendly is earned for providing programs for Cayuga Medical Center employees that meet the AHA’s strict standards. These standards include: physical activity, good nutrition, and a culture within the organization that offers and promotes a healthy lifestyle to its employees.

To learn more about Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, go to or call 607.252.3590.

(Featured photo courtesy of Cayuga Medical Center)

Michael Smith

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