Metro Public Works Active and Healthy Walk With the Director
On May 20, Public Works Director, Randy Lovett, kicked off the Departments' Commitment to Metro's Health in All Policies (HIAP) Initiative with a group walk. The walk route was from the Administration Building on S5th to the East Park Regional Community Center and back. In total, the walk was about 2 miles and took about 15 minutes each way. The Facility Manager at East Park, Darlene Morrow gave walkers a tour of the facility which features a pool, exercise classes, a weight room and inside walking track. Use of the walking track, gymnasium, and game room are free, and the cost is $3 for most classes, as well as use of the weight room.
Nashville is lucky to have milder weather, especially during spring and fall, and lots of sidewalks, greenways, parks, and wonderful places to get healthy. To many people, is can seem like an overwhelming goal to get started on a healthier lifestyle. We can get so busy that it can be difficult to make time for our own health. The good news is that getting healthier does not have to be hard or complicated. Walking is one of the simplest ways to get fit and maintain heart health.
The American Heart Association and American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM) recommend that healthy adults aim to walk 30 minutes or more most days with a modest intensity which means working hard enough to break a sweat, but still able to carry on a conversation.
Benefits of walking include significantly reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Walking also helps improve circulation, muscular endurance and balance.
After the walk, a raffle was held. Congratulations to Lauren Netherton and Jennifer Smith, who each won a $25 gift card to the Turnip Truck! All walk participants received a water bottle.
The Health in All Policies (HIAP) initiative asked all Metro departments to implement work place programs that impact health in a positive way.
Other events, including additional walks along different routes and to different destinations will be coming in the future in continued efforts to be a healthier place to work!