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Penn State Fayette debuts fitness initiative on National Start! Walking Day

4/3/2009 —
The community is invited to step into spring at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus for a special walking event Wednesday evening, April 8—National Start! Walking Day. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the campus’ Community Center. The campus is partnering with Steps to a Healthier Fayette County, the American Heart Association and the Fayette County Healthy Lifestyles Task Force for the event, which kicks off a series of healthy-living programs throughout the county, including a new fitness initiative at the Fayette campus.

WalkingPenn State Fayette’s “Spring into Fitness” initiative is one that encourages community members to take advantage of the campus as a safe, convenient walking route. Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie explains, “We see occasional walkers on our campus, but more people in the community should know that we welcome them to walk here. Now that spring has arrived, many people are looking to get outdoors to enjoy the good weather. Why not take a walk? For added hospitality, on Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m., beginning April 11 through May, the campus will provide water for walkers on campus.”

The April 8 event also kicks off Steps to a Healthier Fayette County’s 2009 Wednesday Walking Series. Launched last year as a county-wide event, the Wednesday Walking series features local communities that designate a walking route in their area. Participants can learn historical information about local communities such as Uniontown, Masontown, Hopwood, Brownsville, Connellsville and Dunbar as they walk.

On April 8, after a brief welcome, Penn State Fayette kinesiology instructor Jes Hutson will lead community attendees in a few common stretches people should do before participating in exercise or physical activity. Walking will begin at 6 p.m., with Lion Ambassadors stationed around campus with information about Penn State Fayette.

Penn State Fayette campus nurse Kathy Iannamorelli says, “We hope to raise the level of awareness about healthy living in our community. And we want everyone to know that we are committed to encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. We have a beautiful, safe location with little traffic to cause walkers any worry.”

Last fall, the American Heart Association awarded Fit Friendly status to Penn State Fayette for creating a healthy workplace environment. Students, faculty and staff have also been encouraged to walk the approximately 1-mile loop of the campus as often as possible.

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