Eighteen area residents who walked a total of more than 166,000 minutes last year have been recognized by Union Hospital’s Community Walking Program.
“It’s very gratifying and exciting to witness what these people accomplish after they begin walking regularly and start to feel the benefits of a personal walking program,” said Debbie Angel, RN, a Union Hospital Community Health & Wellness nurse who helps oversee the program. “We hear from people on a regular basis about how they have lost weight and improved their health, and they were able to do it through the very simple and basic exercise of walking.”
The UH Community Walking Program was organized a few years ago to encourage area residents to walk for their health. The program is completely free and new “members” can register anytime. Incentive awards are offered to participants who reach milestones of total minutes walked, starting at 500 minutes.
In 2015, the following area residents recorded milestones of 6,000 or more minutes of walking for the year:
These 18 residents recorded a total of 166,368 minutes of walking, which equates to more than 2,770 hours, or about 116 days!
Beth Hoffman, RN, a UH Community Health & Wellness nurse who also oversees the Community Walking Program, said that the program has seen not only weight loss among many participants, but also some who have been able to discontinue some or even all of their medications as a result of successful walking.
“The American Heart Association reports that walking has the lowest dropout rate of any exercise program,” Hoffman said. “It’s the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.”
Complete details about the Community Walking Program, including registration and walking record forms, are available on the Union Hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, by calling (330) 602-0779, and on the “Union Hospital Community Walking Program” page on Facebook.
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