Healthy Hodges University in partnership with the American Heart Association is launching a campaign this month to log miles walked!
Healthy Hodges is a university-wide effort to promote the health of our faculty, staff, and students. Healthy Hodges initiatives will support our university community in wellness efforts through educational opportunities, self-improvement initiatives, and wellness activities designed to support healthy lifestyle choices.
Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and walking is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time.
Experts also agree that all you need is 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most days of the week to see health benefits. Brisk walking is considered a type of moderate-level physical activity.
You can even divide the 30 minutes into shorter periods of at least 10 minutes each. For instance, use stairs instead of an elevator, get off a bus one or two stops early, or park your car at the far end of the lot at work.
The goal of the Health Hodges Walking/Running Program is simply to walk one mile every day. The program is every day! You can Start today…Log your miles and track your progress with Hodges.
Based on research studies, walking on a regular basis has the following health benefits:
• It reduces your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke
• It lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes
• It lowers high blood pressure (hypertension)
• It protects against falling and bone fractures in older adults
• It may help protect against certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer
• It increases the number of calories your body uses, which helps to control your weight
• It helps control joint swelling and pain from arthritis.
Walk the equivalent of one mile for each day of the month and you will be entered into a monthly Healthy Hodges Walking/Running Raffle.
ADDITIONAL Resources on the website include the Fort Myers Track Club, the ADA, PBS America’s Walking, Couch to 5 K, USA Swimming, Caloosa Rider’s, Collier and Lee County Parks and Recreation, and Yoga/Pilates and Paddling clubs. They also have sections for the public to learn about weight management and nutrition. With these resources, there is hope that we as citizens of Fort Myers and Naples can overcome diabetes and heart disease!
A little about Hodges University:
Hodges University is a private institution that was founded in 1990. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,879, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 10 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calenda
Hodges University, founded in 1990, is a private institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and public administration as well as psychology, criminal justice, health administration and allied health, interdisciplinary studies, applied psychology, information systems management, computer technology, and paralegal studies.
Providing students with programs that prepare them for careers, Hodges University believes in flexible class scheduling, allowing students to attend weekly classes that suit their busy lifestyles. The University also meets the needs of today’s students by offering a wide variety of academic delivery methods and student services, both on campus and in the distance education arena.