The holidays and winter cold don’t have to be roadblocks to stopping or even beginning a walking program for your health.
In fact, area residents can get up, get moving and “See A Smaller Shadow” during the months of January and February.
The Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness program has issued its 5th Annual “See A Smaller Shadow” community walking program challenge to the Tuscarawas Valley. The goal of the program is to encourage participants in the free program to complete at least 600 minutes of walking exercise during a six-week period from Jan. 9 to Feb. 19.
Free registration and details will be available at the Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness table during the 27th Annual Family Wellness Day scheduled Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the food court at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia. Hospital staff members will be in attendance to hand out time record cards to participants, and conduct free blood pressure screenings and weight and body measurements to get started.
“It’s easy to write off the winter months as a bad time to be walking or exercising, in general,” said Brittany Cochenour, Union Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness coordinator. “But it’s the right time to get started on a walking program, with the goal of actually seeing a smaller shadow in only six weeks.”
Registration also is available by calling the hospital’s Community Relations office at (330) 602-0778.
Cochenour said that the 600-minutes goal can be reached by walking 25 minutes per day, five days per week, during the six-week challenge period. Walking can be completed anywhere, too, including indoors and outdoors.
“We encourage anyone who is considering this program to just do it – don’t second-guess the minimal amount of time you will invest for your health,” Cochenour said. “You can walk wherever it is comfortable for you – at New Towne Mall, on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, a walking track, trail or anywhere.”
Participants will be eligible for some prizes, too.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).