03/01/2007

Walk Your Way to Better Health

WVU to kick off ‘Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With Spring approaching, it is time to get up, go out and start walking. West Virginia University Hospitals, University Health Associates and the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center will start its annual “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” campaign, Monday, March 19.

This year’s program, “Almost Heaven 2007,” will run from March 19 through June 26.

In its 13th 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 227 teams with over 3,000 employees and family members participate, and 2,700 from the community,” said Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for the Health Sciences center. “The average participant completed 125 miles, and over 96 percent reached the goal of 100 miles.”

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

“Regular exercise is a way to prevent heart disease, as well as obesity, another problem in West Virginia,” Harshbarger said.

“This is a great opportunity to get regular exercise, do something healthy with friends and family, and have fun,” Harshbarger added.

Participants can sign up individually or form teams and organize for their own organization. Registration deadline is March 16. For more information, call (304) 293-2520. Registration information is available online at www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.   

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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