This year’s theme is “Walk Yourself Lean in 2013”MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With spring approaching, it’s time to start organizing your walking team. The Wellness Program at WVU Healthcare and Health Sciences Center will start its annual “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” campaign, Monday, March 18. This year’s program will run through June 25.
In its 19th 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 participate in ‘Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days,’ making it the largest exercise program in the state,” Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for WVU Healthcare and Health Sciences, 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.”
Weather permitting, the kick-off walk will start at 9 a.m. March 18 under the canopy in front of Ruby Memorial Hospital. All are welcome to participate in this one-mile walk.
Participants can sign up individually or form teams and organize for their own business/organization. The registration deadline is March 15.
For more information, call 304-293-2520. Registration information is available online at www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.
“Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” is a registered trademark of the Wellness Program at WVU Healthcare and Health Sciences Center.
For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087