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TAMC employees take a victory lap in MLK 1K

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
TAMC held a MLK 1K event at noon on Martin Luther King Day, with more than a dozen employees and community members taking a quick break over lunch to participate in a healthy activity while celebrating TAMC’s win of the EMHS Fall Challenge.
TAMC held a MLK 1K event at noon on Martin Luther King Day, with more than a dozen employees and community members taking a quick break over lunch to participate in a healthy activity while celebrating TAMC’s win of the EMHS Fall Challenge.

On a day set aside to remember and honor a great American who “had a dream,” TAMC held a noon-time event that not only marked the day set aside for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., but also celebrated a recent milestone achieved by TAMC employees in their own efforts to be more healthy. Participants ran or walked around TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital campus on Academy Street during the MLK 1K on January 20.

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 wanted to celebrate this with our community, and in turn encourage others to make positive and healthy changes in their lives!”

Stepp was among the organizers of the MLK 1K, which she says served 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. Leading the runners and walkers for that victory lap was a Crown Emergency Care vehicle, with the EMHS Challenge trophy displayed on the dash. More than a dozen employees and community members followed the ambulance on the trek around the perimeter of the hospital’s campus.

In addition to the trophy and bragging rights, the efforts of TAMC employees during the Fall Health Challenge resulted in $750 being awarded to the organization to help toward the establishment of an employee fitness room.

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