Institute for a Healthiest Maryland Emphasizes Exercise With Walking Event
|The Institute for a Healthiest
Maryland (IHM) inspired dozens of University
of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff and students to get
walking on Monday, May 12. The walking event began at the School of Nursing courtyard that
afternoon and showcased the walking paths that crisscross the UMB
campus in downtown Baltimore.
"This is one of several events that we are holding to help our
community be healthy," said Renee E.
Fox, MD, IHM executive director, as she addressed the crowd
gathered in the afternoon heat. "Walking is an easy way to get
exercise, and it is the Maryland state-designated fitness activity."
Jay A. Perman, MD, UMB
president, committed to making walks a core part of his routine, and
urged the crowd to do so as well.
"I'm going to get out this summer, I'm going to use those paths, and I
hope to see many of you out there with me," he said. "This is
IHM is a partnership between the Maryland
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and UMB that works to improve wellness across the state by decreasing obesity and
hypertension and improving population health.
The walk, led by Perman, covered the path from the School of Nursing to
Martin Luther King Boulevard and back. Walkers received a sticker
proclaiming their accomplishment and a chance at a raffle to win a
FitBit. Representatives from partner organization DHMH and community
groups from West Baltimore and throughout the city operated booths at
the event and took part in the walk as well.
"Forty-eight percent of all U.S. adults and 52 percent of Marylanders
get sufficient aerobic activity to improve their health," said Laura Herrerra, MD, deputy secretary
for public health services at DHMH. "Just 30 minutes a day can help
maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity."
Donald Shell, MD, a clinical
instructor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the School of Medicine, has embraced
walking - both for fitness and necessity - as a part of his day.
Dressed in leather loafers, a dress shirt and suit pants, Shell, who
also works with DHMH, said he was ready to walk, no matter the heat.
"I always walk," he said. "I don't have the luxury of extra time for
exercise. I do it by taking the stairs, parking far away. I walk as
much as possible during the day."
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