Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Tread the Med a Walk to the Big Easy is now Over


Tread the Med 2015
We are virtually travel the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans!

Registration will be open from  February 4 - February 27, 2015

Team captains - to register your team, contact Betsy Snyder at snyderbe@wusm.wustl.edu. In your email, please include

  • your name
  • your team name
  • employee ID
  • the department you represent.

She will get your team registered for A Walk to the Big Easy on the healthy living web site.

Walkers - click on Register at the upper left hand corner of this page!

Team Captain Meeting Notes

In an effort to conserve enery, the orientation meeting has gone paperless. Slides from the meeting  can be reviewed at your convenience.

Tread the Med Start Date - Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Mardi Gras themed Kickoff  was held on Thursday, February 12 in the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building. Participants wore purple, green and gold beads, Mardi Gras masks and we listened to the tunes of The River Critters. We held a TTM6 recap ceremony highlighting and honoring our top walkers. They were recognized by Dr. Larry Shapiro, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and Dr. James Crane, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs.

Something New - Fitbit Frenzy!

The big news announced for this Tread the Med is the Fitbit Frenzy! Throughout the program, we will randomly choose three TTM walkers to win a Fitbit tracker- the only criteria is that walker needs to be up-to-date with entering their steps (within a seven day grace period). If you are not up-to-date and your name is drawn, we will keep drawing names until we find a walker who is current on tracking their steps.

One Fitbit will be awarded during:

  • Cycle 3 (March 4) - Winner - Kenyetta Shelby
  • Cycle 6 (April 3)
  • Cycle 9 (May 3)

Tread the Med Cycle Schedule:

Cycle 1: February 12 – February 21
Cycle 2: February 22 - March 3
Cycle 3: March 4 - March 13
Cycle 4: March 14 – March 23
Cycle 5: March 24 – April 2
Cycle 6: April 3 – April 12
Cycle 7: April 13 – April 22
Cycle 8: April 23 – May 2
Cycle 9: May 3 – May 12
Cycle 10: May 13 – May 22

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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.

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.