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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include
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:
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!
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.