03/03/2008

Walk Your Way to Better Health
14th annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign begins in March

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With Spring approaching, it’s time to dust off your sneakers, get outside and start walking. West Virginia University Hospitals, University Health Associates and WVU Health Sciences will start its annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign March 17.

This year’s theme is “Wild, Wonderful Walking.”  The annual wellness program encourages participants to make a habit of walking at least one mile a day for exercise.  The hope is when the program ends on June 24, participants will realize the benefits of exercising everyday and continue to incorporate it into their daily routine.

“Last year we had 238 teams take part with nearly 3,200 employees and family members and 2,000 people from the community,” Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for the Health Sciences Campus, said. “The average participant walked 125 miles, and more than 97 percent reached the goal of walking 100 miles.”

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

“Regular exercise is a way to prevent heart disease and obesity, which is another serious health 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.”

Participants can sign up individually or form a team.  The 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:
Dave Harshbarger 293-2520
harshbargerd@wvuh.com
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