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

Tread the Med

Tread the Med is Now Under Way!

Our virtual walk, traveling from the US to Sochi, Russia for the winter Olympics has begun. Registration is now closed for the competition.

Did you know that 10 hockey players from the St. Louis Blues were chosen to represent their respective country for the Olympics? You may not have made it to the Olympics, but many of you had the chance to cheer them on at a Blues game on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00 when the Blues took on the Dallas Stars. The first place Blues lost in overtime, but it was an exciting game! One lucky Tread the Med participant won the chance to ride the Zamboni. Congratulations to Nancy Wentzel for winning the Zamboni ride!

Team Captain Meeting – Notes from the Team Captain Meeting 

Save the Date

  • Tread the Med Night with the St. Louis Cardinals – Wednesday, May 14th at Busch Stadium. Watch the Cardinals play their rivals, the Chicago Cubs. 

Tread the Med Cycle Dates

Cycle 1: February 27 - March 8
Cycle 2: March 9 - March 18
Cycle 3: March 19 - March 28
Cycle 4: March 29 - April 7
Cycle 5: April 8 - April 17
Cycle 6: April 18 - April 27
Cycle 7: April 28 - May 7
Cycle 8: May 8 - May 17
Cycle 9: May 18 - May 27
Cycle 10: May 28 - June 6

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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!
  • 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.