Tread the Med is a walking initiative sponsored by the Wellness Committee of Washington University School of Medicine. Our goal is to help you incorporate more walking into your daily life. Some activites are more difficult to calculate than others. View the Activity Conversion Chart to accurately track your steps!
With a combination of established trails called MedPaths, tracking tools and evidence-based tips, we’ll help you “Tread the Med” for better health.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health, get fit and prevent disease. Research shows that taking 10,000 steps per day (about 5 miles) will significantly improve your health. Remember, all walking counts towards your daily goal so get up and get walking!
All participants in the will be asked to complete an anonymous, voluntary health survey at both the beginning and the completion of the challenge.
The Wellness Council will use the anonymous information obtained from the surveys to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program.
Your feedback on these voluntary surveys will help shape future Tread the Med programs.
Safety Tips for Walking
Be safe and be seen: Wear bright/light colored clothing or reflective material; carry a flashlight at night
Be alert: Drivers may not be paying attention to people walking on the sidewalk or near curbs
Be careful at crossings: Look before you step into the street
Dress appropriately during winter months
Warning: Consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program.