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MSU receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation

Minot State University continues to uphold its reputation as a leader in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and workplace wellness. MSU received accreditation with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, a workplace-based initiative dedicated to fighting cancer in workplaces. The Gold Standard is a comprehensive program that focuses on risk reduction, early detection and quality care in cancer treatment.

“MSU’s tobacco-free policy not only provides a tobacco-free workplace, but also promotes a culture of healthy norms for our students,” said Melissa Fettig, Student Health Center director. “The Student Health Center provides health screenings, vaccinations, smoking cessation education and works collaboratively with First District Health Unit Smoking Cessation Division. Student Wellness and Development and other groups on campus also provide a number of cancer preventing activities for faculty and staff that encourage physical activity.”

To achieve this distinction, organizations must adopt standards that focus on cancer-related activities in five critical areas, known as the Five Pillars: tobacco use; diet and nutrition; physical activity; prevention, screening and early detection; and access to quality treatment and clinical trials. For each pillar, CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ organizations must sustain a culture that values and supports a healthy lifestyle and offers benefits and programs that help detect and prevent cancer.

For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, visit For additional questions or information on MSU’s program, contact Fettig at or 858-3377.

Published: 05/12/16

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