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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 important."



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."

Posting Date: 05/20/2014
Contact Name: Karen Robinson
Contact Phone: 410-706-0023
Contact Email: karobinson@umaryland.edu