Farmington Hills, MI (February 1, 2008)--- For the past few months, Botsford Hospital’s employee wellness committee has noticed the impact of pedometers on employees’ walking habits and weight loss. In October, Botsford offered pedometers as part of a fall walking program called WalkTober. The program allowed employees to purchase a pedometer for a minimal cost and walk with other employees at the hospital once a week for four weeks. All participants set a step goal for the month with a fitness expert from the hospital’s fitness center, the Botsford Center for Health Improvement.
Monica Pagels, Manager of the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, says, “The participants kept their pedometer on their hip everyday for the month of October. It was fun for everyone to see how many steps they walked throughout the day, and they were motivated to walk more because they wanted to get the pedometer to the highest number possible. If you walked 10,000 steps one day, the next day you would want to see if you could walk more. If the end of the day was near, you would squeeze in more walking time before bed.”
Fifty-two employees participated in the month long walking program. They walked more than 9.2 million steps or 4,600 miles and burned around 462,000 calories. In addition to employees’ participation, 33 members of the Botsford Center for Health Improvement also joined in the walking program. They walked more than 2.8 million steps or 1,400 miles and burned more than 140,000 calories.
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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