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MDI Hospital’s Spring and Fall Walking Programs has received the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity “Contest for Communities” award. The award, presented Wednesday, May 30, at the State House Hall of Flags, recognizes innovative programs that promote health and fitness in Maine.
 
MDI Hospital also received recognition by the Council in 2005 for the YES, or Your Exercise Solution, a mostly seated, low-impact exercise program for seniors. The Hospital’s Wellness Department presents both programs.
 
The Spring and Fall Walking programs take place on the scenic carriage roads of Acadia National Park. They provide an opportunity for both fitness and social interaction. The guided walks are available for those who walk at a leisurely pace and those who prefer a faster pace.
 
Both Spring and Fall programs include walks that gradually increase in distance and difficulty. All fitness levels are welcome and participants’ fitness is monitored throughout the program to track progress. Walks are lead by CPR certified guides.
 
“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Kathy Mulligan, MDI Hospital’s Wellness Assistant. “The Governor’s Award recognizes MDI Hospital’s commitment to finding innovative ways to improve the health of our community. Our Walking Program provides a unique way for people to get fit, develop new and lasting friendships, and enjoy the spectacular scenery that our island has to offer.”
 
The free Spring Walks take place Mondays and Fridays, ending on June 29 with a final five-mile walk beginning at Bubble Pond. For more information on MDI Hospital’s Spring and Fall Walking Program, call 288-5082, extension 624. 

Also honored at the event was Pemetic Elementary’s Walking Club, organized by nurse practitioner Pilar Burmeister, who provides health care services at the school under a contractual arrangement between the Hospital and school union 98.

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