Program coordinators have developed an easy to read, color-coded map that outlines four different one-mile routes to encourage faculty and staff to get exercise. The routes, which are colored as green, yellow, blue and magenta, guide a walker through scenic areas at four different geographic locations on campus.
“We wanted to make it easy for people to simply pick a route and get out of the office,” said Debra Rozanski, manager of the Employee Assistance Program. “It provides an opportunity for employees to clear their minds, refresh and come back to work more focused.”
The program—“Step It Up”—was developed in 2008 along with the map routes.
Kinesiology professor Steven Loy said the one-mile walking routes are an excellent way to “start” an exercise program.
“Presently, so few people are achieving the minimum amounts of recommended exercise for health,” Loy said. He said one-hour of exercise per day is enough to begin a healthy change and reduce body fat. Walking one-mile a day also can reduce stress and lower blood pressure, Loy added.
For more information about “Step it Up” or the Employee Assistance Program, contact Debra Rozanski at (818) 677-2681 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit, www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/eap/documents/campus-walking-routes.pdf to view the entire map.
Lunch Break is an occasional series offering tips to faculty and staff about activities on campus to do during a one-hour timeframe to improve health and wellness.