Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sinai Kicks Off Walking at Work on Wednesdays

If yesterday's weather was any indication, Mother Nature is sending a resounding "yes" to Sinai employees ready to exercise.

Under sunny skies, Sinai Hospital kicked off its annual Walking at Work on Wednesdays program at noon in the K lot. Roughly 125 employees turned out and one lucky winner received a $25 Target gift card. All Sinai employees are encouraged to wear walking or running shoes EVERY Wednesday through Labor Day. Levindale and Northwest are also promoting walking at work.

Walking is one of the least expensive but most beneficial way to get in exercise. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, walking improves stamina, tones muscles, burns calories, and relieves stress. Many health care providers may feel stress, work odd hours, or face other challenges when trying to squeeze in an exercise plan. But walking at work during a lunch hour or break can be a great way to keep your day on track. Aim for 10,000 steps a day!

The Walking at Work program is one of the reasons Sinai and Northwest hospitals were awarded the American Heart Association's Gold Start! Fit Friendly award. This honor is for hospitals that have a healthy environment and are "creating a culture of physical activity in the workplace," according to AHA Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown.

To see more about the LifeBridge Health's Fit & Friendly goals, and the Walking at Work on Wednesdays program, watch our video below.

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