Grand Island, Neb. — It reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke. It boosts your mood, helps you lose weight and prevents dementia. And it’s free.
It’s walking — you can do it with your dog, in a trek around the neighborhood or as another way to get to the grocery store after ditching your car. CHI Health St. Francis wants to make it easy and fun for you to reach your walking goals. So we’re inviting you to join us in our second year of “Sidewalk Marathon.”
You don’t have to run a marathon (26.2 miles), but you can walk it in 30 days. That’s about one extra mile a day. Sidewalk Marathon comes with a step-by-step program for you to follow with exercise plans, healthy recipes and advice from expert health coaches.
Sidewalk Marathon Grand Island Kick-Off!
Monday, September 18
CHI Health St. Francis on the front lawn
2620 W Faidley Ave
Noon (12 p.m.): Group walk, followed by a free healthy grab-n-go lunch
Some reasons to lace up the sneakers:
■ Walking 20 extra minutes a day can burn seven pounds of body fat a year.
■ You’ll have more energy. Walking boosts circulation and increases oxygen so you feel more alert and energized.
■ It can reduce your stress, cholesterol and blood pressure while it fights dementia, arthritis, depression and diabetes.
■ You’ll smile more. Studies show that even a five- to 10-minute walk can make a difference. Your brain releases dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, which make you feel good.
Join us for our Sidewalk Marathon kickoff at noon on Monday, Sept. 18. It’s a fun-filled afternoon with a wide range of activities:
■ Walking the first mile with St. Francis employees
■ Healthy Lunch
■ Stretching Exercises
■ Health & Wellness information from St. Francis and CHI Health experts
About CHI Health St. Francis
CHI Health St. Francis is a non-profit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. The St. Francis tower has 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. St. Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.
About CHI Health
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 14,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2015, the organization provided a combined $172.1 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Nebraska, to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com and CHINebraska.org.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
St. Francis is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit. CHI generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion and has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion.