High: 24º Low: 8º
High: 25º Low: 2º
High; 17º Low: 1º
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT- TV )
Every other Friday, employees at St. Luke’s Medical Center are taking a break from work and tying up their walking shoes.
Says Amy Movius, nurse at St. Luke’s, "we encourage our employees to take a moment to break away from their desk and take a walk on our beautiful campus."
Finding time for exercise can be hard, especially in a busy work environment like St. Luke's.
But, hospital employees are making a pact to set some time aside to better themselves.
Says Movius, "It's sometimes a challenge to break away and put that into their schedule, so the biggest thing is set goals, put it on your calendar, and set goals ahead of time"
Mary Bird, Food Services Manager, adds, "it's really nice to get out, get some fresh air, it kind of invigorates you for the rest of your day."
Employees are seeing the effects of their move to a healthy lifestyle pay off.
Bird notes, "In the past year I've lost 30 pounds all through the help of the hospital. It's a great help to continue doing this and doing it with other people and making sure you're staying healthy throughout your day."
Adds Movius, "we know walking has a lot of benefits to it, cardiovascular health, mood, depression."
And research backs that up.
Movius says, "sitting all day long and bunching all of your activity together can actually be less beneficial than taking 2–3 breaks and breaking that activity up."
An extra incentive? Well, food of course.
Bird says, "keeping myself moving– the more you move, the more you can have a snack later."
Taking one big step towards a healthier future.