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December 10, 2017

11/15/2017 10:08:00 AM
Helping folks 'Feel Awesome'
I parked my car in front of Windom city hall the other day, a few paces away from two bright green signs that said: "Park here. Enjoy the walk."
I park there, or further away, whenever I must drive to city hall, or the Law Enforcement Center (I usually walk from my office). I figure adding a few extra steps is the least I can do for my health.
Of course, that's the idea behind Windom Area Hospital's "Feel Awesome" campaign, which the Citizen announced almost exactly a year ago. At the time, there were 25 Feel Awesome signs strategically placed in city and business lots around town. There were also plans to work with businesses on things such as screenings, health education and nutrition improvement.
So, I asked for an update from Emily Masters, chief human relations officer for the hospital.
"It's going good," Emily said Monday. "For instance, they just did a diabetes day at Hy-Vee. We are still trying to align the brand with anything wellness-related in the community."
Masters said the key is keeping the public aware of things they can do to help improve their health.
"I even find myself parking a little further away," Emily said.
Every little bit helps. The parking spot at city hall, for instance, is 53 paces from the door. By comparison, the parking spot nearest the city hall door is 18 paces away.
That may not seem like much, but the idea is to consistently park at the end of the street, or parking lot. If you can triple the amount of walking you do in a single day, it is bound to help your health.
What makes me laugh are the people who spend hours at fitness centers, yet will squeeze their cars into ultra-tight parking spots just so they can be closer to the store's door.

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