See a Smaller Shadow in 2015

Many are lamenting the weight gained in 2014, especially during the holiday season.

The Union Hospital Community Walking Program has issued its fourth annual “See A Smaller Shadow” challenge to help tackle that problem.

The goal of the program is for participants to complete at least 500 minutes of walking exercise during the month of January, lose some weight and “shrink the size of their shadow” by Groundhog Day 2015 on Feb. 2.

“When Punxsutawney Phil pops out of his groundhog burrow and can’t see his shadow, it means an early spring,” said Tracey Ward, Union Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness coordinator. “The ‘See A Smaller Shadow’ challenge will motivate you to lose weight by regular walking so you’ll cast a smaller shadow by Groundhog Day.”

Challenge participants are encouraged to walk 500 total minutes during the four weeks leading up to Groundhog Day. The goal can be reached by walking 25 minutes per day, five days per week in each of the four weeks in January. Walking can be completed anywhere – at New Towne Mall, on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, a walking track or even a trail.

The annual program begins Friday, Jan. 2, at the food court in New Towne Mall at New Philadelphia where UH Community Health and Wellness staff will register walkers and hand out time record cards from 9 to 11 a.m. The nurses also will offer free blood pressure screenings, and weight and body measurements to interested participants.

Participants also will receive a T-shirt and other prizes.

Registration also is available by calling the hospital’s Community Relations office at (330) 602-0778.

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