Spring is a great time to lace up your sneakers and hit the trails, the neighborhood, or even the mall. Walking is great exercise, and experts recommend a goal of taking 10,000 steps a day. UHS can help you walk your way to good health.
One advantage of walking in the mall is escaping the cold and ice of the winter and the heat and humidity of the summer. The UHS Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City worked with mall management to provide resources for local mall walkers. “Early one morning, we surveyed more than 70 people who were walking in the mall,” explains Celeste M. Pazzaglini-Mack, a nurse at UHS Stay Healthy. “A lot of them wondered how far they were walking, so we took some measurements and came up with a brochure that gives mileage and other information.”
Employees and visitors at UHS hospitals can take advantage of outdoor trails and indoor suggested walking routes.
Healthcare providers throughout Delaware County are participating in Prescription Trails, a program that encourages providers to “prescribe” walking to their patients. The prescription invites patients to visit the getoutandwalk.org website to see a list of trails, get a log sheet, join a 1,000-mile challenge, and more.
The Oakdale Mall opens early for mall walkers at 7 a.m. Monday–Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Stop by the UHS Stay Healthy Center to pick up a Mall Walkers brochure with a map and mileage chart and track your mileage at the bcwalks.com kiosk. Get your blood pressure checked and get your health questions answered while you are there.