Though the day started with a light drizzle, Lancaster campus faculty, staff, students and community memebers joined in the Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk.
Photo courtesy of: Jennifer LaRue
May 20, 2010
On May 19 Ohio University Lancaster Campus students, staff and community partners participated for the first time in the Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk, held at noon on tracks and trails around the state.
At least 41 local walkers met at the John Bright covered bridge on the campus for the one mile walk on the city path, helping the state stride towards the goal of 100,000 participants in the fifth annual Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk.
Ohio University Lancaster faculty and staff encouraged their students to participate. Activities and Athletics Director Jeff Whitehead offered his students an option to walk as part of his exercise and physical conditioning class. Although his students already understood the benefits of exercise, Whitehead wanted them to experience a different form of exercise from the typical exercises they perform in the campus weight room as part of his class.
“I walked to stay healthy, and to get class credit,” said Jessica Cordle, a first-year student athlete.
Academic Advisor Jim Wellington and fellow Student Services staff members Kim Jeffers and Amy Miller were some of the first walkers to hit the trail during a light drizzle.
“This was a good event to be involved in,” Wellington said. He said that he walks in the early morning as often as he can for the exercise and to get his mind going.
“Education implies addressing the whole person and this was a great opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have incorporated the health information they are learning in class to their lives. Education empowers us in many ways and hopefully, it empowers us to manage our own lives and commit to be healthy,” said Debra Smith, assistant professor of health technology.