National Walking Day: Emory Conquers Obstacles

National Walking Day: Emory Conquers Obstacles

Despite the rain on Wednesday, April 5, Emory employees joined thousands across the country to celebrate National Walking Day. This annual event sponsored by the American Heart Association is a call-to-action to increase physical activity by starting with a 30-minute walk during the workday to promote fitness and well-being.

Although many walks had to be moved indoors or rescheduled for an alternative date, National Walking Day was still an enjoyable activity for the hundreds of employees who participated.  Walks were guided by Wellness Champions, members of Emory Healthcare leadership and other employees dedicated to health and well-being. Each walk offered something special and some were downright creative!

Decatur Plaza employees developed a fun way to get their steps in by coordinating a scavenger hunt in nearby downtown Decatur Square. Walkers were provided with a number of clues and had to take a picture of the answer within a one-hour period. On Clifton Campus, employees enjoyed the springtime scenery of Lullwater Preserve and participated in indoor walks through the EUH Healthy Emory tunnel.

In an effort to pay it forward, Emory partnered with Big Peach Outreach to collect shoe donations for local non-profit organizations including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life, Giving Grace, and New American Pathways. Big Peach placed bins at various Emory locations providing each walk participant with the opportunity to win prizes if they donated a pair of sneakers. Congratulations to Ornette Clarke, winner of the top prize of a new pair of shoes from Big Peach ($120 value)! Thanks to the generosity of our employees; the dozens of donated shoes will help those in need.

To thank Emory employees, Big Peach is also offering a 15 percent discount for active gear.

National Walking Day may be over, but let’s continue making a Healthy step at a time! Review the resources below to continue your fitness program this spring: