Today through Sunday is National Medical Fitness Week and East Texas Medical Center is offering several opportunities to jumpstart a fitness regimen.
Health officials aim to increase physical activity levels in the community and to highlight the medical fitness difference.
They emphasize exercise can prevent and help manage dozens of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
The community may participate in the Worldwide Walking Challenge by wearing a pedometer and walking at least 10,000 steps per day this week. The medical fitness center or community achieving the most steps in the seven days receives national recognition.
ETMC’s Olympic Center finished 10th nationally last year.
Complimentary pedometers will be given to the first 500 registrants.
ETMC also are offering free one-week passes.
If participants aren’t Olympic Center members and participate in the Walking Challenge, they will receive a free one-week pass to the ETMC Olympic Center. The pass will be valid April 28 to May 3 with no enrollment fees.
Those who join ETMC Olympic Center during Medical Fitness Week will have their enrollment fee waived.
If interested in any of these events or to register, contact the local ETMC Olympic Center. A complete list of centers can be found at www.etmc.org/fitness .