HOUSTON, TX---In the name of good health and wellness, they wore down the tread on their tennis shoes and the batteries in their pedometers.
Over 126 residents of Eagle's Trace retirement community, along with employees, family and friends, walked over 27,125 miles in September. This combined effort earned the campus a first place finish for the Mileage Award in the Erickson Living Walking Challenge.
The team from Eagle's Trace also walked 132,353 minutes, according to Shirley Woods, the community's Wellness Manager. Eligible walking included indoors or outdoors---plus cardio equivalents (e.g., treadmills, water walking, stair climbing, running, bicycling, dancing, etc.) that are all found at Eagle's Trace.
"Having been in the fitness field for over twenty years, I am continually reminded how much exercise can change lives," described Ms. Woods. "Walking is one of the most effective forms of activities as it provides incremental wellness improvements to people of all ages. I am really proud of how the Eagle's Trace family accepted the challenge and had fun at the same time."
"I tell all of my clients the same advice. If you don't use it, you lose it! So find something you enjoy doing and stick with it. Staying active is one of the best things we can do for ourselves," noted Ms. Woods.
During the month of September, more than two thousand (2,509) people from around the country participated in the competition, coordinated by the developer and manager of Eagle's Trace, Erickson Living.
Combined, they walked over one quarter of a million miles (256,965)---effectively circling the globe at the equator more than ten times---in 22 different countries and 45 states and the District of Columbia.
"Special congratulations to Eagle's Trace for their monumental effort. Everyone is a winner in this event, though," noted Jeff Watson, Director of Operations for Resident Life & Philanthropy for Erickson Living. "According to the latest research, when we spend a minute walking, we add about two minutes to our life. When we move from a sedentary lifestyle to being moderately fit, we reduce our chance of death from all causes by about 58%. Perhaps Ben Franklin had exercise in mind when he said that 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'"
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.