Six Week Walking Program Set To Begin April 1st!
The Webster County Health Department will once again be leading a six week walking program beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015 through May 13, 2015. The goal of this challenge is to walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2015. We are inviting individuals and organizations to walk anywhere and at any time most convenient to you. Pedometers and walking logs are available to those who would like to track their progress. The Health Department will be available to record Weight and Blood Pressure readings for interested individuals (not required), before and at the end of the six week program.
Please stop by or call 304-847-5483 to sign up!
Health Department employees will kick off the event at noon on April 1st (National Walking Day) on Baker’s Island in Webster Springs, by walking the beginning lap. Please join us as we walk (and work) toward a healthier Webster County.
Walking Grant for Spring 2015!
The Webster County Health Department has once again received a Grant from the Snowshoe Foundation to conduct the “2015 Walking Webster County” Project (formerly known as the “Walk @ Lunch” Project). The aim of this project is to educate citizens concerning the benefits of walking, to increase physical activity among the citizens of Webster County (including children)..., thus decreasing the incidence of health related illnesses, to increase parental knowledge on how to get children moving and improve the eating habits of Webster County residents.
Last year’s six week walking program turned out to be a huge success with over 100 citizens signing up to participate. All participants were given pedometers and tracking forms on which to track their steps weekly. They were given the opportunity to track their weight, blood pressure and waist measurement at the beginning and end of the six week period. At the conclusion of the project, an awards dinner was held with participants bringing their favorite “healthy dish”. Results achieved during the Walking Project were as follows:
Total combined miles walked – 4,997
Average steps per day – 8,484
30 participants lowered top BP number by an average of 12 points each
30 participants lowered bottom BP number by an average of 7 points each
27 participants lost a total of 120.8 lbs, or a average of 4 pounds each
25 participants lost a total of 49.95 inches around the waist for an average of 2 inches each
Awards were given to the person who:
Walked the most miles
Lowered their blood pressure the most
Lost the most inches in girth
The Health Department is excited about this project and is hoping that we will have even more participation this year. We hope that you will join with us to see how you can benefit from walking daily. Maybe it will be weight loss, lowering blood pressure, inches lost, or even a sense of wellbeing. Whatever the benefit is for you, you can be sure that it will be a positive one. Please watch for more information.
Do you or family members have a "functional need" (dependency on electric, respirator, wheelchair , intravaneous restricted, etc.). The functional needs registery is designed to assist those who may require shelter or evacuation assistance in the event of an emergency and is maintained in strict confidence by Webster County OES and WCHD. A printable version of the functional needs form along with instructions for return is available at the link to the left.
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