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RGS Architecture receives industry honor

Robert G. Sinclair Architecture Inc. recently won a 2014 Architects’ Choice Award for their design of an Old Snowmass hillside residence.

The project was voted on by The American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter. The single family home is featured in the winter edition of Luxe Magazine.

Based in Aspen, Colorado, Robert G. Sinclair Architecture is a full service architecture and design firm specializing in site-specific architecture and interiors clients nationwide.

Hospital recognized as ‘fit-friendly worksite’

Aspen Valley Hospital has been recognized as a “platinum-level, fit-friendly worksite” by the American Heart Association for helping employees to eat better and become more active.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at AVH. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a platinum-level, fit-friendly worksite,” said Marcelo Nicomedes, the hospital’s employee wellness coordinator.

“We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall,” Nicomedes said in a news release.

According to the association, platinum-level employers:

• Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.

• Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.

• Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.

• Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

• Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

Aspen Valley Hospital’s employee participation increased from 69 percent to 76 percent in one year which accounts, in part, for the higher rating of “platinum,” the hospital said.

Two of the more popular wellness activities are the “Step into Health” program where employees form teams with a goal of each team member achieving 10,000 steps per day over the course of several weeks; and the annual health screening with free follow-up visits with a physician’s assistant.

The hospital cafeteria also serves a variety of food, including numerous heart-healthy options, according to the hospital.

The fit-friendly program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority, the association said.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular 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. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking.

“Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed,” said Nicomedes.

For more information, call Nicomedes at 970-544-1278 or visit the website http://www.heart.org/worksitewellness.

Alex and Ani open store on South Mill

Alex and Ani LLC recently opened a new retail location in Aspen — the brand’s third store in Colorado.

Alex and Ani is on the Inc. magazine list of the 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The retailer now has 45 stores nationwide following the addition of the new 730-square-foot Aspen location at 103 S. Mill St. The store officially opened its doors Jan. 22.

“We are thrilled to become a part of the Aspen community and to get to know community members on a more personal level,” said Susan Soares, company vice president of retail operations, in a news release.

The new store will carry all Alex and Ani products including the company’s recently launched Gabriel Collection of small leather goods and scarves, the new Valentine’s Infinite Love Collection and the Providence Collection which features unique jewelry items made from delicate precious metals, Soares said.

A grand opening event will be held Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music, food and beverages from Caribou Club will be provided. Also, the first 20 attendees will receive a special gift bag.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website http://www.alexandani.com.

Pitkin County Democrats to elect new chair

The Pitkin County Democratic Party on Tuesday will elect new officers for the 2015-2017 term.

Chairwoman Blanca O’Leary is not seeking re-election.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party,” O’Leary said in a prepared statement. “Our son is leaving for college in the fall and my husband and I wish to travel more. Therefore, I shall not be standing for re-election this year.”

O’Leary said she endorses the following nominees for officer positions:

• Howard Wallach, chair.

• Wes Graham, vice chair and secretary.

• Walt Madden, vice chair and treasurer.

• Gladys Augello, vice chair and outreach coordinator.

• Francesca Olivos, student representative, Aspen High School Democrats Club.

The election will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Square Hotel conference room, 617 E. Cooper Ave. in Aspen. All Democratic voters registered in Pitkin County are eligible to vote. Light supper and beverages will be served.

Those planning to attend should send an RSVP to blancainaspen@aol.com.


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