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Published March 28 2014

Business briefs (March 22)

Companies recognized by AHA as fit-friendly

The American Heart Association is encouraging companies that create and promote a culture of physical activity and health to submit an application to be considered for the association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Award.

Applications are due by April 1 and can be found at www.heart.org/fitfriendly.

The AHA program will recognize employers who champion the health and wellness of their employees by creating and encouraging a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

There are gold, platinum, worksite innovation and community fitness innovation award levels.

In 2013, the Midwest Affiliate of the AHA recognized 15 companies in North Dakota. Platinum recognition went to the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and Ottertail Corp., Fargo. Gold award level companies/worksites included KLJ, the North Department of Health, Sanford Health and the State Historical Society, Bismarck; Lake Region State College, Devils Lake; Northern Plains Rail Services, Fordville; Border States Electric, InterceptEFT, Swanson Health Products and YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, Fargo; and Clear Channel Radio and Greenberg Realty, Grand Forks.


HBA Spring Parade of Homes dates announced

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Spring Parade of Homes will be April 24-27 and May 1-4.

Sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors, the parade hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will showcase newly constructed homes by local builders.

Admission is free and the event will be a scattered-site tour of homes throughout the F-M area. Homes will cover all price ranges, including options for age 55 and older, first-time buyers, people needing more space and those who want to downsize.

The parade will also include featured homes priced at $500,000 and higher. Cost is $5 to tour the featured homes with money raised benefiting the Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation.

Magazines detailing each home will be available at all Hornbacher’s stores starting April 21. Details will also be available at www.hbafm.com.


Dedicated stroke unit opens at Essentia

Essentia Health in Fargo has opened a dedicated stroke unit at its

32nd Avenue campus.

The four-bed dedicated unit is part of an expansion of Essentia Health’s Stroke and Neurovascular Center.

The unit will provide specialized care to patients who have suffered a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, sometimes referred to as mini-strokes.

Essentia Health is the only health care center in North Dakota, western Minnesota and northern South Dakota to provide interventional neurology and endovascular neurosurgery. All team members, including nurses, hospitalists and pharmacists, have received special training.