Walking for Wellness

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 100 miles in100 days.

That's how much walking Camden Clark Medical Center hopes you'll do.

The hospital kicked off its wellness program Monday morning, with the help of Highmark West Virginia,

The campaign is about taking the time to walk, whether it's on the treadmill, around the block or the mall.

"Walking not only gives you the physical health attributes we're looking for, and what you're in need of," says Highmark CEO Jim Fawcett, "but it's also the mental health; getting out during the day and trying to relax from the tensions of home and work."

The goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle, one step at a time.

"What greater way to do that than to get people out and walking," says Louis Haer, Jr., Director of CCMC's Wellness Center. "It's free, which is important to a lot of people, it gets people walking, it reduces stress. You see people walking around downtown all the time. This is the kind of event that kicks that all off, and it's actually a nationwide event of 100 miles in 100 days."

Participants, which included Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, took a walk around downtown Parkersburg just before the noon hour.

The 15-week program continues through July 24th.