IU Health West Caregivers Enhance Trail System on Hospital Campus
An IU Health West Hospital Release
— As part of a system-wide effort to fight obesity, improve health and promote physical activity in the community, caregivers at Indiana University Health West Hospital joined other IU Health facilities to enhance walking trails and parks throughout the state during an annual Day of Service, which was held on Friday, May 17.
The two-mile paved trail system on the IU Health West campus is just one of twenty trails that thousands of IU Health employees worked to improve. IU Health West Hospital’s caregivers worked throughout the day to clear clearing trails of debris and brush from tree canopy, cleaned and repainted benches along trails and ponds and installed exercise equipment for users of the trail. Plans in the near future include enhancing signage on the new workout circuit and adding resources to make trails more pet friendly.
“We have always viewed our walking trails as a community asset to support fitness; and we’ve been thrilled to see both our employees and our neighbors use them regularly. The addition of our new exercise circuit will enhance that experience,” says Cathy Stoll, director of marketing and community outreach at IU Health West Hospital. “Studies show an increase in muscle mass can contribute to a reduction of insulin resistance and prediabetes. Now folks will be able to build important muscle group—such as abs and arms—using this simple, easy-to-use outdoor equipment while getting in their walking or running cardiovascular workout.”
Last year, IU Health employees statewide helped build 25 panels for Habitat for Humanity during the 2012 Day of Service. This annual service project is put on by “Strength That Cares,” IU Health’s system-wide employee-volunteer program, which numbers more than 10,000 members.