A Company with a Big Heart

A Company with a Big Heart It’s not enough for A&G Management to rent apartment homes to families in 13 communities throughout Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties. They want to keep these families healthy, too, and thought of a great way to promote Heart Smart Awareness Month in February.

The company decided to tie in their third floor apartments as a clever way to get healthy. “Climbing stairs burns calories,” says Kathie Dzbinski, director of training and leasing for A&G Management. “We found information that walking up stairs thirty minutes each day burns up approximately 300 calories and gives your heart a great workout.” A&G did more than hand out information. They gave pedometers and bottled water to their residents, future residents and staff. “It was a fun way for our residents and employees to see just how much walking they do and how many calories they burn in their day to day activities,” continues Dzbinski.

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center joined in the campaign, providing materials about heart awareness events being sponsored in the area in February. Employees of A&G urged residents to visit the UM St. Joseph website to take the fast, free and confidential online HeartAware assessment. In return, A&G pledged $50 for every application taken in February that resulted in a new resident. In April, A&G Management presented UM St. Joseph with a check for $4,210 to be used in the medical center’s Heart Institute.

Shellye Attman Gilden at A&G Management, remarks: “We are so proud of our employees, who thought up this project and then made sure it was successful by contributing through ‘red shirt and blue jean Fridays,’ Just a simple change in outfit meant an additional $240 for the Heart Institute.”

Leonard J. Attman, chairman of the board of A&G Management jokes, “This gives a whole new meaning to a ‘new lease on life.’ UM St. Joseph is literally near and dear to our hearts.”

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