On a day set aside to remember and honor a great American who “had a dream,” TAMC is inviting the community to share in their dream/goal of creating a healthier Aroostook County with a MLK 1K at noontime.
The event, on Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, will involve participants running or walking around TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital campus on Academy Street. It will not only mark the day set aside for the slain civil rights leader, but will also celebrate a recent milestone achieved by TAMC employees in their own efforts to be more healthy.
Recently, the TAMC team learned that it won the EMHS Fall Challenge, an initiative of the system-wide Total Health Team, which asked employees to take on a new challenge to improve their health over a 12 week period. TAMC took home top honors in terms of highest completion rate for participants among the larger member organizations in EMHS. The effort was championed locally by the TAMC Total Health Team.
“It is great to see our organization come together as a whole. The Fall Challenge, which is a part of the system-wide Move and Improve program, provides us, as employees of TAMC and EMHS, with an excellent opportunity to make positive changes that will help us make healthier choices,” said Rebecca Stepp, TAMC Move and Improve coordinator. “We want to celebrate this with our community, and in turn encourage others to make positive and healthy changes in their lives!”
Stepp is among the organizers of the MLK 1K, which she says will serve as a “fitting end” to the Fall Challenge and also as a victory lap of sorts for all who helped place TAMC in the top spot.
TAMC Chief Operating and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Reynolds will present the trophy and cash prize for EMHS to members of the TAMC Total Health Team at the main entrance of the hospital at 12:00 noon. The trophy will then be placed atop a Crown Emergency Care vehicle that will lead the MLK 1K’ers, who will depart from the canopy area just outside the main entrance, around the hospital campus and back.
Leading the MLK 1K will be a team of four TAMC employees who participated in the Fall Challenge, as well as in a special “Couch to 5K” program led by Dawn Poitras, co-chair of the TAMC Total Health Team, for nine weeks this the fall. Over that time period, the participants built up from not running at all to successfully completing their first 5K road race.
“I am so proud of them! Rain or shine, hot or cold, they were outside running 3 days per week,” said Poitras. “They ran when it was 80 degrees and they ran when it was barely 25 degrees, they were tougher than I was!”
Community members, including families with children who have the Holiday off from school, are welcome to join in the MLK 1K at TAMC. No pre-registration is required. Participants are asked to arrive at the main entrance of the hospital by 12:00 noon.
Free healthy snacks will be served following the run/walk. For more information, call 768-4044.