By Donna Summerall
Step On It! is a program sponsored by Gentiva Home Health and Hospice to keep senior citizens moving and healthy. Gentiva Home Health and Hospice physical therapist Casey Clark introduced the Step On It! program to the residents of the Henry Clay Retirement Community in West Point Friday. The program encourages people of retirement age to maintain good health throughout their lives.
â€śWe are giving each resident a pedometer,â€ť Clark said. â€śThey can use it to count steps. There are 5,280 feet in a mile and approximately 2,000 steps in a mile. Retirees can make walking every day into a fun competition. Pick a destination and see which group can get there first. As human beings, we seem to be wired up to be competitive. Why not use that competitive spirit to stay healthy?â€ť
Dee Mathis, director of resident services, suggested the residents figuratively â€śwalk to Columbus.â€ť She asked the residents to split up into two teams of five. She said Columbus is about 20 miles away, it would take around 40,000 steps to reach the destination. Each resident wears their pedometer all day and makes a note of all their steps on a chart provided by Step On It! The first team to reach 40,000 steps wins, according to Mathis.
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