Last night, members of the Arnot Health “Step It Up” walking program met at the Arnot Mall for a mid-point check in. “Step It Up,” which began with a kick-off event on April 7, is a free 6-week community walking program designed to improve overall health through a focus on improved nutrition and increased activity.
More than 20 participants showed up for the mid-program event, which began with a stretch and warm-up routine in the community room at the mall. The group then dispersed in several directions so that each member walked a full lap around the interior of the mall; the estimated distance was over a half mile.
Once they returned, Nykole Parks, Community Health Services Coordinator for Arnot Health, asked about their progress so far and gave some tips to keep participants motivated during the second half of the “Step It Up!” program.
On May 19, a program End Event will celebrate the overall progress of each member. Health screenings that were initiated in the opening event will be performed again to track participant progress.
“Step It Up!” is sponsored by Arnot Health, Chemung County Health Department, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, and Creating Health Places to Live, Work and Play. For more information, or to find out how you can be a part of this program next time it’s offered, visit www.arnothealth.org/weight-loss-and-healthy-habits-step-it-up-program.