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Tread the Med

Tread the Med is Now Closed

On our Tread the Med journey to Sochi, Russia, 66 individual walkers and 37 teams reached the million step walk average. In addition, several Tread the Med walkers who participated on a team surpassed the million step mark. You are all Gold Medal winners. Congratulations to all of our walkers who actively participated in Tread the Med. You are all winners by because you took action to better your health and persue a healthier lifestyle.

In the twenty-second Winter Olympics, the United States came in second in medal count with twenty eight medals, just behind Russia. However, the States finished in fourth place just behind Norway and Canada because they each had more gold medal winners. More than 2859 athletes from 88 countries participated in the Sochi game, winning a record 98 sets of medals.

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not consider its sorting of nations to be an official ranking system, various methods of ranking nations are used. Some sort rankings decided by the total number of medals the country has but most list by the gold medals counted. However, if two or more teams have the same number of gold medals, the silver medals are then judged from the most to the least and then the bronze medals.

The gold first ranking system described above is used by most of the world media, as well as the IOC. While the gold first ranking system has been used occasionally by some American media outlets, newspapers in the United States primarily publish medal tables ordered by the total number of medals won.

Five hundred and forty seven paralympians from 45 countries participated in the Winter Olympics. 72 sets of medals were awarded.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games were preceded by a record-breaking Olympic Torch Relay. At a distance of 65,000 km, the relay was 1.5 times the length of the Earth's equator. The Paralympic Torch Relay also made history. For the first time, its international segment was held in the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, the city of Stoke Mandeville, England. This stage will become mandatory for all future Games.

During the XXII Olympic Winter Games, 212 competitions were held and a record 98 sets of medals were awarded. This was a result of the addition of 12 new competitions to the Olympic program, including in biathlon, luge, figure skating, freestyle, snowboard, and ski jumping.

Save the Date

  • Tread the Med Night with the St. Louis Cardinals – The new game date and time is Saturday, August 30th at 1:15 pm. Your current tickets will be valid at the gate.  

The Next Tread the Med

Save the Date

  • The next Tread the Med will begin on Thursday, August 21 with a kickoff in the Plaza by the reflection pond. Please refer back to this page for more updated information.  

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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 activities 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!

  • Just  a reminder.  A reminder to enter steps will be sent at the end of each cycle, to team captains and our walkers who signed up to walk solo.
  • Recipes from walkers. Send in your favorite healthy recipe. If we choose your recipe, you will be recognized in the newsletter!
  • Rewards for million step walkers. As in the past, teams who reach the million step average will win the incentive prize. New this session however, anyone reaching the million steps will receive a prize. For example, if you are on a team that does not reach the goal, but you do, you will receive the prize!
  • Number of miles that can be added each day. I walker can add up to 26.2 miles per day on their personal tracking page.
  • Deleting a team member. Team captains will only be allowed to delete a teammate through Cycle 4. After Cycle 5 begins, no one will be able to be eliminated. Exceptions may apply.

Before you Register on Healthy Living

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. 

Fitness Tips

Campus Wide Tread the Med Map

Maximize your fitness efforts with a calorie counter.