Oct 052012
 

A participant kayaks at last year’s Health Fitness Walk.

Bring your tennis shoes to work Wednesday, Oct. 17, because the Brody School of Medicine is ready to help you get healthy!

The ECU Staff Senate is sponsoring the annual Health Fitness Walk from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Lake Laupus on west campus.

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows state obesity rates remain high. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity at 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest at 29 percent, the Northeast at 25.3 percent and the West at 24.3 percent. North Carolina ranks as the 17th most obese state in the nation. Staying active with a midday walk is a great way to reduce stress, keep off extra pounds and change statistics. For more information on the report, go to http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html#Prevalence

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to walk and try Zumba, yoga or kayaking, and learn more ways to stay healthy and fit.

While you’re there, grab a free smoothie from Sheetz and taste healthy food samples from Rock Springs Center and ECU Campus Dining. The ECU Pharmacy will have one of their legendary “$1 Day Sales.” Blood pressure screenings will be offered by ECU Physicians and the ECU College of Nursing. And Dr. Kathryn Kolasa, ECU dietitian and local columnist, will be showing participants the correct way to read caloric information on labels.

The Student Recreational Center, ECU Bike Share and Friends of the Greenville Greenway will have bikes and maps so you can take a spin on our beautiful campus. They will also help you plan a wonderful bike ride on our community greenways!

Other organizations will include Rum Runner Dive Shop, ECU Bariatric Surgery, the East Carolina Heart Institute, the Advisory Council Team for Wellness Education Leadership, the Psychological Assessment and Specialty Service Clinic, ECU Thai Chi Club, and the Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center.

Make sure you visit all of the tables to register for great door prizes. This is a university-sponsored floating event and all ECU employees are encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Marsha Hall
Chair, ECU Staff Senate, Rewards & Recognition Committee

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