It started as a dream. Create a free exercise opportunity for our community while utilizing Windom Area Hospital’s unique campus. Our dream will become reality in late Summer 2017!
Through grants, community donations, and contributions from the hospital, the Be Well path began construction August 7th. Here are some fun facts about our path:
- It will be approximately 2/3 of a mile and 7 feet across. Plans were initially for a 5 foot path, but given some new equipment the contractor would like to use, our path will be 7 feet wide at no additional cost.
- There will be a slight crown on path so water does not stand.
- Due to a spring and frequent water erosion area, there will be a bridge in the North tree line.
- Winter use is yet to be determined. Due to some of the slopes and potential icy surfaces, the path may close over the winter months for foot traffic.
Not Just a Path
We all like a walk, but when you’re out to get in a good workout, adding in some cardio or weight training is beneficial. Spaced out around the path loop, there will be outdoor gym equipment, most of which is made to accommodate at least two people to encourage working out in pairs or as a family. We currently have three pieces of equipment ready to be installed this summer/fall, with more purchased as funds become available. Eventually, the path will have approximately 15 pieces of outdoor gym equipment, including:
- Double Elliptical*
- Double Ski Walker*
- Sit-Up Board*
- Hip Twister
- Leg Press
- Balance System
- Pull-Up Bars
- Push-Up Bar
- Swing Set
*Already purchased to be installed this summer/fall.
Why a Path?
In Cottonwood County, two out of three residents are overweight or obese, and only 32% get enough physical activity outside of their regular job. We know we have a national and community problem and as a hospital, we want to be involved in the solution to make our community and youth healthier. We want to provide a place that encourages parents and children to spend time together, promoting family unity, and encouraging exercise to be something fun the family can do as a unit, rather than separately.
All members of the community, regardless of race and economic status will have free access to the Be Well Path and gym equipment.
As a hospital, we already do several initiatives with youth in our community, but the Be Well Path & outdoor gym will allow us to expand those efforts. For example, we plan on working with school physical education classes on scheduling field trips to use our path/gym. Our Fitness Center plans on incorporating the Be Well Path into current exercise classes and also adding free parent/child classes on a regular basis. We facilitate a summer athletic camp in coordination with Windom Schools (POWER) where we would be able to ‘host’ the kids using the path to provide more variety to the program curriculum. Many children are not athletes or do not participate in organized sports, and the path can teach them that there are other, fun ways to get moving.
We send a sincere thank you to our sponsors as of August 3, 2017:
Super Bowl Legacy Fund
Windom Area Schools – Class of 2017
Ron & Nancy Meyer
Tom & Maryls Christensen
Nick & Judy Trotter
Bobby & Brenna Elwell
If you have questions on the Be Well Path, contact Shannon LaCanne at 507-831-0671.
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