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LECOM Joins the Millcreek Mall to Promote Wellness Through Walking

LECOM Health and LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center introduced a new Millcreek Mall walkers program. The LECOM Walk for Wellness is a 1.2 mile route through the mall with fitness stations where walkers can exercise.

According to James Lin, D.O., the Vice President of Senior Services and Adult Living at Millcreek Community Hospital and Director of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging, LECOM Health is excited to launch this health and wellness program in collaboration with the Millcreek Mall.

“Supporting regular exercise and providing health information and screenings are the best ways to build a healthy community,” said Dr. Lin. “The LECOM Walk for Wellness encourages more exercise by offering community members access to walking, exercises, and health resources in a clean, safe, weatherproof environment.”

Dr. James Lin of LECOM Presenting at podium at the Millcreek Mall

Dr. James Lin introduces the LECOM Walk for Wellness at the Millcreek Mall.

“On behalf of the Millcreek Mall, we are very excited about our partnership LECOM Health and our existing mall-walker program that allows all of us to better achieve our vision of keeping our community healthy,” said Kiara Catanzaro, Marketing Director, Millcreek Mall. “We are grateful for LECOM Health and the wellness center that continues to support programs to improve our community’s health and fitness.”

The Walk for Wellness includes eight fitness stations with exercises designed by the fitness experts from the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.

“They include stretches and squats that will warm up muscles and build strength,” said David Hopkins, LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center fitness manager.  “All of the exercises are easy to perform, however, individuals should check with their personal physicians before adding new exercise to their daily routine.”

Participants in the free LECOM Walk for Wellness may attend monthly health education programs presented by physicians from Medical Associates of Erie, an affiliate of LECOM Health.  Programs will cover topics designed to keep walkers healthy as they learn about heart health, women’s and men’s health, colon cancer, cataracts, and diabetes among other topics. Cardiologist Carmine D’Amico, D.O. will present the first talk at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Current mall walkers and those interested in becoming mall walkers may register for the program and take advantage of free screenings, health information, giveaways and refreshments. All walking levels are welcome.

More information is available at (814) 868-9000.