Patty Allen is one of many people who come out to the TJ Health Pavilion to walk on a regular basis.
She and others make laps around the pavilion by walking its spacious hallways.
“I love walking,” said Allen, of Glasgow.
As a child, she grew up having to walk to and from school.
“I just got to the point where I loved walking, so I’ve continued to do it my whole life,” she said. “I walk probably somewhere between six to seven miles a day.”
She comes to the pavilion in the mornings and walks about four miles. In the afternoons, she walks outdoors near her house, doing about two to three miles.
“During the winter, I walk here [at the pavilion] twice a day because it’s nice and warm and everybody is nice and friendly,” she said.
Allen enjoys the health benefits she receives from walking.
“I feel much better. I really do. I get my heart rate up and then I kind of calm down. I just feel good,” she said. “Luckily, I’m in good health and I really attribute it to my walking. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight by walking and by kind of watching what I eat.”
Berlon Roy, also of Glasgow, comes out to the pavilion to walk regularly.
“I come because of my health,” he said. “If you walk, it takes care of everything. It helps my sugar. I’m up, on some days, to 10 miles a day. It really helps you. I sleep better at night and my legs don’t hurt. Everybody ought to walk.”
Anyone of any age can come to the pavilion to walk. There is no fee to walk at the pavilion, but people are encouraged to register each time they come to walk.
“We’ve got a little log book up there at the desk and they write down how many laps they did,” said Susie Bishop, RN educator with the TJ Health Pavilion.
Those wanting to walk at the pavilion are not required to register. By registering, the pavilion’s staff is able to keep up with how many laps each person walks.
“We want to show that our community is health conscious and is becoming more so,” Bishop said. “This gives us proof that the community is trying to control high blood pressure, their weight, their cholesterol, their blood sugar.”
Some walkers have logged 100 miles, while others have recorded 200, 300 and 400 miles. At least three people have walked 500 miles.
The names of walkers and how many miles they have walked are posted on a television monitor located along one of the pavilion’s hallways.
“We probably have in the neighborhood of about 400 walkers,” Bishop said. “Of those who are truly dedicated, there are about 100 to 125 who are here at least three days a week.”
To date, those who have registered so their walking can be tracked have logged 109,483 laps or 13,685 miles.
The pavilion offers people an opportunity to walk in doors when the temperatures are cool, or when it is raining. It also has medical staff on hand to assist anyone who may experience a health problem when walking.
“To be honest, if something goes wrong, you are in a great place [to receive medical care],” she said.
Those who would like to start walking this week and want to keep track of how it is affecting their overall health can take part in a health screening on Wednesday for a small fee. They can then compare those results with others taken in June during another health fair that will be free for walkers, Bishop said.
Anyone wishing to walk can come to the pavilion from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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