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Georgia Southwestern State University Walk With The President

GSW to take a ‘Walk with the President’ on National Walking Day April 6

AMERICUS, Ga. (March 31, 2016)—Whether it’s to the mailbox or for an afternoon stroll, walking is an exercise most of us take part in every day. Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Interim President Charles Patterson is asking the campus to join him for a “Walk with the President” in honor of National Walking Day Wednesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. The national initiative is led by the American Heart Association. Walkers are asked to meet at the Wheatley Administration Building for a 30-minute walk around Perimeter Road.

“This is an opportunity for us challenge ourselves and our nation to get heart healthy and fit,” Patterson said. “I look forward to seeing our entire GSW community – faculty, staff and students – walking together in support of healthy lifestyles and an engaged campus community.”

This event is part of a larger 8-week “HealthTrails” wellness challenge among participating University System of Georgia institutions, including Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Highlands College, Savannah State University and GSW.

The HealthTrails 8-week challenge runs from April 6 through May 31, and the school that averages the most miles per day through the program will be declared the winner. As an added bonus, employees who register for the challenge will be entered into a drawing for competition prizes and will receive a free T-shirt. The HealthTrails challenge is open only to faculty and staff.

Register today at The website includes a mobile app that is compatible with Fitbit and other fitness applications.

HealthTrails features include:
“Walk with the President” participants taking part in the April 6 event do not have to register for HealthTrails. All “Walk” registrants on this day will be entered into a drawing for door prizes immediately following the event. Water, first aid and healthy snacks will be provided along the course.

For additional information about National Walking Day, visit