Walk your way to better health

WVU to kick off 15th annual ‘Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With spring approaching, it’s time to get up, go out and start walking. West Virginia University Hospitals, University Health Associates and the Health Sciences Center start the annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign Monday, March 23.
This year’s program, “Bridging the Gap to Good Health,” will run through June 30.

In its 15th year, the program encourages participants to develop the habit of walking at least one mile a day for exercise.

Three kick-off walks will take place March 23 at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.  All participants are encouraged to join any or all walks; the meeting place is at the front of WVU Hospitals under the canopy.

“Last year we had more than 5,500 people in a sustained exercise program with 260 teams and almost 3,600 employees and family members participating, plus 2,000 from the community,” said Dave Harshbarger, manager of the Wellness Program for the Health Sciences campus. “The average participant completed 125 miles, and more than 97 percent reached the goal of 100 miles.”

The Wellness Program, in support of the “Morgantown 2009 Year of Active Transport” proposed by the city’s Pedestrian Safety Board, encourages participants to consider walking to work when able.  Sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for developing heart disease. West Virginia typically ranks near the top of the list for risk factors and incidence of heart disease.

Bridging the gap to good health

“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.”

Participants can sign up individually or form teams and organize for their own organization. Registration deadline is March 22. For more information, call 304-293-2520. Registration information is available online at www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.



For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
DH/ab: 2-24-09

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