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Sutter Health Issues Grant to Benefit ‘Walking for Health’ Program

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Community Benefit, Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments

VALLEJO, Calif. – Sutter Health donated $30,000 to the “Walking for Health” program allowing more than 150 Vallejo seniors to be fitted with new shoes and socks on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, helps a participant try on her new shoes on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, helps a participant try on her new shoes on Monday at the Florence Douglas Senior Center.

The “Walking for Health” program was organized by the senior center with funds donated from Sutter Health for shoes, socks and program enhancements. In collaboration with Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Sutter Health and the senior center plan to reach more than 500 Vallejo senior citizens through the initiative.

“It fills us with pride and gives us great joy to be able to partner with incredible community-based organizations like the Florence Douglas Senior Center, to make days like today possible,” said James Wood, manager, business development, Sutter Solano Medical Center.

Officials at the senior center hope to inspire Vallejo senior citizens to walk and exercise through the “Walking for Health” program.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are many benefits of walking, including improved circulation, stronger muscles, improved sleep, better joint support, decreased mental decline, lower Alzheimer’s risk and more.

“A new pair of walking shoes is the first step to put seniors on the path to better health,” said Peter Wilson, executive director, Florence Douglas Senior Center. “There are many steps along the path of inspiration, education, participation and continuation. Hopefully we made an impact today with these shoes.”

Seniors at the center will be introduced to a variety of exercise options, including a neighborhood walk program, walk-in-place videos, weekly exercise and health classes at the center, discussion groups and other shoe-fitting events.

Supervisor Hannigan, who walks with a group of community members every Friday morning along the Vallejo waterfront, also helped fit seniors with shoes on Monday. Once fitted with shoes, several people broke them in and went for a neighborhood walk alongside their local politician.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, Erin Hannigan, Solano County Supervisor, and Peter Wilson, executive director, Florence Douglas Senior Center, helped distribute more than 150 pairs of shoes on Monday.

James Wood, business development manager, Sutter Solano Medical Center, Erin Hannigan, Solano County Supervisor, and Peter Wilson, executive director, Florence Douglas Senior Center, helped distribute more than 150 pairs of shoes on Monday.

“Walking is such an important part of your health,” Hannigan said. “Hopefully having new shoes will give you the opportunity to get out and walk some more and reach your goals.”

Each person in attendance was asked to set a walking goal for themselves – with some aiming to walk one day a week and others hoping to walk regularly every day of the week.

 

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Community Benefit, Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments