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Center for Health Improvement begins new fitness program

7/15/2012

By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Hays Medical Center employees will kick off a new 10-day fitness initiative Monday.

The initiative is intended to promote the hospital's Exercise is Medicine program, which encourages staff and patients to exercise regularly.

"We just want them to be aware of the whole initiative," said Stephanie Schaffer, director of the Center for Health Improvement. "We've got to keep encouraging physicians and nurses to make sure we're talking about exercise."

A hospital-wide goal for the program is to get 250 associates to complete a free 30-minute fitness consult by the end of the 2013 fiscal year.

The EIM program encourages patients and staff to exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week.

Qualifying patients also can receive a free fitness consult when recommended by a physician.

The following activities are included in the 10-day employee initiative.

* Use the stairs day is Wednesday.

* Circle the hospital group walks are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Administrators will participate.

* A computer program will be implemented Friday to offer office exercise suggestions.

* Yoga sessions will be at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 24.

* A fitness walk and lunch is set for July 25.