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UPMC East Mall-Walker Program Presents ‘Ask the Pharmacist’

WHAT: “Ask the Pharmacist” educational session, part of the Monroeville Mall-Walker Program. Participants are invited to bring a list of the medications they currently are taking for a discussion with a UPMC East pharmacist. Interested individuals also will have the opportunity to sign up for the walking program.

MALL-WALKER PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Make walking part of a personal health and wellness journey
  • Get daily exercise

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A clean, safe, weatherproof environment in which to get exercise
  • Free educational programs
  • Free health screenings
  • Access to the 1 mile and 1.5 mile loop throughout the lower and upper level

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Walkers may register at one of the monthly walking events, which are held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • Walkers do the course at their own pace and convenience.
  • Walkers have access to the mall Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Walkers receive updates about monthly educational sessions in the mall’s food court.
WHY: As part of UPMC East’s commitment to the community and its health, a partnership has been developed with Monroeville Mall to offer a walking program to eastern suburb residents that can help them get moving and support a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

BENEFITS OF WALKING:

 
  • Benefits to your health and wellness can be greatly increased by regular exercise, including walking, which:
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Is a good way to help manage weight
  • Increases the rate of calorie burning (metabolism)
  • Increases energy level
  • Improves sleep
  • Prevents the loss of muscle mass during weight reduction
  • Reduces risk of certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Improves bone density
  • Improves self-esteem and sense of control

DID YOU KNOW?

  • One mile is about 2,000 steps, or a 20-minute walk
  • In a lifetime, most people walk about 65,000 miles – that’s three times around the Earth!
  • A typical pair of walking shoes lasts about 500 miles
  • An average city block is equivalent to 200 steps
  • The average human walking speed is about 3.1 miles per hour, or 5.0 kilometers per hour
WHO: All levels of walking participation are welcome
 
WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 12
 
WHERE: Monroeville Mall, Lower Level (inside the Food Court), 200 Mall Circle Dr., Monroeville, Pa., 15146

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