03/11/2010

Walk your way to better health

WVU Healthcare to kick off 16th annual ‘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 Health Sciences will start the annual “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” campaign March 22. This year’s program, “Mountaineers hit the trial again in 2010”, will run through June 29. 

In its 16th 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 more than 5,500 people in a sustained exercise program. That included 247 teams and nearly 3,400 employees and family members. We also had 2,200 participants from the community,” Dave Harshbarger, manager of The Wellness Program at the WVU Health Sciences Center, said. “The average participant completed 125 miles and more than 97 percent reached the goal of 100 miles.”

The Wellness Program encourages participants to consider walking for transportation when able. Sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for developing heart disease. West Virginia typically ranks near 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.”

Participants can sign up individually or form teams and organize for their own business/organization. The registration deadline is March 19. 

For registration information, call 304-293-2520. Information is also available online at www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.
 

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
dh/asj: 03-03-10

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