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Students & Staff “Lace Up & Go” to Celebrate the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day
- The total number of steps all campuses reported for April’s month-long contest was 16,676,609 steps.
“We had an incredible number of participants who not only pushed to achieve their best, but they rallied on behalf of others as well. This was a wonderful team and individual program effort,” sad Leslie Barlow, Director of Education at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction.
Refrigeration & HVAC Technician Program Participants WIN “Lace Up & Go” Contest
- Students, staff and faculty members were invited to “Lace Up & Go” to build awareness of the benefits of a more active lifestyle.
- The program with the most steps logged at the end of April was awarded a pizza party.
- The winners: the Refrigeration & HVAC Technician program logged 8,440,066 steps!
- They averaged 281,335 steps per person for the month of April.
All 4 IntelliTec College Campuses Walked Their Way to Better Health
Participants used smart phones or health bracelets to track and log total steps daily.
“This might have been the first step to a healthier lifestyle for some of the participants,” said Barlow. “We wanted to present an opportunity for campuses to be more active and have fun while doing it,” she added.
Walking 20 minutes a Day Can Decrease Fatigue and Increase Brain Power
- Society is less active than ever before. Too much time is spent sitting in front of a screen during the day and at night, leading to predominantly sedentary lifestyles.
- Increasing activity levels by just 20 minutes a day makes a truly significant difference in your health.
- According to NY Times columnist Maia Szalavits, it can dramatically reduce the risk of a whole host of diseases, particularly diabetes, heart disease, dementia, as well as cancer.
Barlow agrees and advocates walking 20 minutes a day to help focus the mind and help aid in its productivity. She adds,
“It’s very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at increasing overall cognitive function. This is especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.”
About IntelliTec Colleges
IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with associate degrees (occupational) and professional certificate programs, designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. Campus locations include Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 1-800-748-2282.