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    Cequent Performance Products Inc. (CPP) announced its recognition as a FitFriendly Gold Level Worksite. According to a press release, the award from the American Heart Association (AHA) honors employers “who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health.”

“Creating a positive, healthy environment for our employees is an important part of running a successful company,” said Tom Benson, Cequent president. “That’s why we offer a myriad of options to help our people keep their minds and bodies in shape.”

Cequent’s fitness center has bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, circuit training machines, and free weights as well as desks that attach to several of the pieces so employees can exercise while they work. The company also holds weekly yoga classes, a yearly “Biggest Loser” competition, and a 10,000 steps program to promote walking.

“Cequent was recently named a ‘Cool Place to Work’ by Crain’s Detroit Business, and we believe part of being cool is promoting the importance of health and wellness,” said Bill Zoli, human resources director. “We expect a lot out of our employees, but we want them to also know there are lots of ways for them to stay healthy and have fun while they’re working.”

Cequent celebrated the award on Feb. 3 with a ribbon-cutting followed by the weigh-in for the company’s “Biggest Loser” competition which included 114 participants this year from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. CPP also coordinated with the AHA to present a day of health awareness, including a presentation by a local exercise physiologist, a smoothie-making demonstration, and AED and hands-on CPR training.

When the weather breaks, Cequent also plans to implement a walking program with other companies in the area.