National Walking Day

NATIONAL WALKING DAY 

The community of UWG tied up their shoes strings and prepared to go for a walk on a nice day. This particular annual walk was not just any walk but a walk for a good cause.

The Wolf Wellness program here at the University of West Georgia (UWG) has started their weekly campus walks for the month of April. The walk is for faculty, staff and students to gain awareness about the importance of physical activity.

The walk took place at a predetermined location and route. Organizers hoped to spread the importance of physical activity such as daily 30-minute walks, as well as encourage employees to develop healthy exercise habits.

The first walk was April 2 and turned out to be a success amongst the UWG campus. At 12 noon the faculty and staff gathered in the front of the University Community Center, UCC, to hear further instructions on what was going to take place during the walk.

Rodney Byrd, Assistant Director of Human Resources, was one to coordinate the walk for the campus. The walk was a mile long which went through Love Valley, around and back to the UCC.

“National Walking Day is a day the American Heart Association set aside to encourage people to walk more.”

Byrd continued, “This is something that we wanted to bring to campus.

Byrd stated that the walk was very successful and hopes that everyone will participate in the upcoming event.

The American Heart Association saw people spending more time indoors and the side effect of this is that people have become more inactive than before. One of the problems with being physically inactive is that it can double the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association made it apparent that one does not have to do extreme exercise but can help themselves by doing a 30-minute walk one or twice a week to get the heart pumping.

UWG took that concept and applied it to the Wolf Wellness program along with that other ideas they wanted to instill in the campus.

“The goal of Wolf Wellness is to improve the knowledge of wellness among out faculty, staff and students.”

Wolf Wellness is a program on campus to help the faculty, students and staff gain a healthier lifestyle. National walking day is just one of the many events that Wolf Wellness produces. There are several different ways that Wolf Wellness tries to help and that is through emotional, physical, social, intellectual, occupational and spiritual wellness. Any of these outlets are available to the community of UWG.

To find out more about how to become involved with the Wolf Wellness program you can contact wellness@westga.edu or simply go to the Health Services center on campus. The dates for the weekly walks will be on April 10, 17 and 24 for those who are looking to join the cause and become fit.

Join the wolf pack and engage in National Walking Day here at the University of West Georgia and if not

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