03/04/2014

20th Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days to kick off March 17

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With spring approaching, it’s time to start organizing your walking team. The Wellness Program of the WVU Health Sciences Campus will start its annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® campaign, Monday, March 17. This year’s program will run through June 24.
 
Now in its 20th 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 6,000 people in a sustained exercise program making Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® the largest exercise program in the state,” Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager, said. “The average participant completed 125 miles, and more than 97 percent reached the goal of 100 miles.”

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.”  

The kick-off “walk” will take place weather permitting at 9 a.m. March 17 from the canopy of Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Participants can sign up individually or form teams and organize for their own business/organization.  Registration deadline is March 14.  

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:
Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
knopfa@wvuhealthcare.com
dh: 03-03-14

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