03/01/2005

WVU To Kick Off ‘Walk 100 Miles In 100 Days’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Get up, get out and start walking. The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center will kick off its annual “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” campaign at 10 a.m., March 18, in front of Ruby Memorial Hospital. 

This year’s program, “Healthy & Alive in 2005,” will run from March 21 through June 28. A one-mile walk will be held as part of the kick-off celebration.

 Healthy & Alive in 2005 logo

Now in its eleventh year, the program encourages participants to develop the habit of walking at least one mile a day as a form of exercise.

“Last year we had 232 teams with over 3,200 employees and family members participating,” said Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.  “Over 95 percent of our walkers reached the 100 mile goal. In fact, the average participant completed 122 miles.”

Sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for developing heart disease.  West Virginia typically ranks at the top of the list of having more heart disease per capita than any other state. 

“The same is true for the rate of obesity, thus the importance of regular exercise,” Harshbarger said.

This year, Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days is partnering with WV Walks, a media campaign promoting 30 minutes of walking per day. Participants may either sign-up individually or as a team.

“Many participants see this as an opportunity to exercise and do something healthy with their friends and families,” Harshbargersaid.

For more information, please call 293-2520. Participants may register online at www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness. 

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For more information:
Dave Harshbarger, (304) 293-2520
harshbargerd@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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