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Walker for Wellness project to kickoff in Feb.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

NOREEN HYSLOP-nhyslop@dailystatesman.com Among the regulars at the Bearcat Event Center inside track are Andi Wethington and Sarin Demaree. Beginning in February, participants in a wellness program will be invited to track their walking and monitor their health through a new Regional Healthcare Foundation program.
With the goal to promote and maintain walking as part of a healthy lifestyle, Dexter's Regional Healthcare Foundation (RHF) will kickoff a new project on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

"The Walkers for Wellness Project is a free program to create community awareness of the benefits of walking for fitness and health," says the project's coordinator, Carla Boxdorfer of the local Foundation.

Once enrolled in the program, walkers will be encouraged to log in their time spent walking. A log book will be located at the Bearcat Event Center (BEC) near the indoor walking track. Another log book will be located at the RHF.

"This is not a contest," Boxdorfer stressed, "but rather a method to get more people involved in the benefits of walking with an accountable measure thrown in to help motivate participants."

Walkers do not have to walk at the BEC to participate. They may log in time on a treadmill or at a walking park or any walking path they choose.

Participants in the program will have an opportunity to sign up at the Bearcat Event Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. or from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. At the time of enrolling in the program, participants will be weighted and have their blood pressure will be checked.

"All information," Boxdorfer said, "will be kept completely confidential."

An alternative enrollment date will be on Friday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. until noon or from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Regional Healthcare Foundation office.

The project begins in February and will run through April 25. Any participant who signs up on the designated dates and signs in on the ending date of the project in April will become eligible for prizes through a drawing that include $100 cash, two $50 cash prizes, exercise wrist watches and more.

Incentives will be made available for those who show a blood pressure decrease and weight loss during the project time also. For further information, contact Boxdorfer at the Regional Healthcare Foundation at 573-624-6107.

The Walkers for Wellness Project does not replace the Foundation's Fitness Challenge program underway. Participants may take part in both programs if they desire.

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