Welcome to Community Health and Wellness! The Windom Area Hospital has implemented two great opportunities to learn how to live healthy and be well. The hospital installed a new path called the “Be Well Path” which opened in June of 2018. Through grants, community donations, and contributions from the hospital, it turned a dream into a reality. This path is more than just a walking path. It offers 15 pieces of outdoor equipment, some including a double elliptical, sit up board and pull up bars. Also, the Windom Area Hospital has a “Feel Awesome. Live Healthy. Be Well.” campaign that was launched in November of 2016. The goal is to help make our community a healthier place to live, through focusing on the body, mind and people.
Be Well Path
It started as a dream. Create a free exercise opportunity for our community while utilizing Windom Area Hospital’s unique campus. Our dream has now turned into a reality!
Through grants, community donations, and contributions from the hospital, the Be Well path began construction August 7th, 2017. 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. The path has 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
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 Emily Masters at 507-831-0625.
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The health and well-being of a community benefits not only individual members, but the community at large. As a healthcare organization, Windom Area Hospital recognizes the role we can play in making our communities a healthier place. On November 14th, 2016 Windom Area Hospital launched a new wellness brand called, “Feel Awesome. Live Healthy. Be Well”.
The Feel Awesome campaign kicked off November 14th with staff members going around to local businesses, asking for support for their “Park Here. Enjoy the walk.” sign. These signs, which are bright green in color, will be placed in the parking spot farthest from the business entrance, in hopes of promoting people to seek more movement in their day naturally.
The Windom Area Hospital takes pride in being the founder and creator of the Feel Awesome campaign. “As a hospital, we see our role in improving community health and wellbeing and wanted a fun and fresh brand to help us drive that. Feel Awesome should be viewed as our community wellness brand, not just a hospital initiative”, notes Emily Masters, Chief Human Relations Officer for the hospital. The Feel Awesome program is seeking restaurants, fitness centers, non-profits, sporting clubs, grocers’, etc. to help co-promote healthy living and well-being.
If you are interested in partnering with the “Feel Awesome” campaign, or seeking ways to discover how your business can become healthier, please contact Emily Masters at 507-831-0625.
Mission: To positively impact and improve the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve.
Vision: Develop services and build strong partnerships with our community that emphasize and promote overall health and well-being, focusing on:
Body: Moving naturally for activity, eating with healthy habits, preventing disease.
Mind: Managing stress, getting rest, and finding balance.
People: Having faith and purpose, family unity, and belonging to social circles.