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Titans Get Healthy One Step at a Time

Providence St. Jude Partners With University to Create Wellness Walk
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Titans can now get their steps in on campus, thanks to a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and Providence St. Jude Medical Center.

Wellness Walk Celebration

On Tuesday, campus and medical center officials unveiled a 2-mile walking path that weaves around the university and is designed to promote health and wellness.

More than 100 Titans walked the path after a ribbon-cutting ceremony where President Fram Virjee, representatives from Providence St. Jude and the campus wellness council talked about the partnership and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“If the last 19 months taught us anything, it is that we cannot be effective educators, students, community members, leaders or advocates if we don’t first take care of our mental and physical health and wellness,” Virjee said. “That is what this amazing new wellness walk is all about.”

Mile-marker medallions embedded in the pathway identify the walk, which starts at the fountain in front of Langsdorf Hall and takes trekkers past the east side of campus, the Arboretum, Goodwin Field and the children’s center, through the west side of campus and then back to the fountain.

Chief executive for the medical center, Laura Ramos, said the hospital’s mission is to help facilitate the health of the communities they serve, including CSUF.

“Our goal is to build a culture of health by providing opportunities for physical activity, which ultimately improves health, wellness and reduces obesity,” she added.

Laura Chandler, assistant professor of public health, praised the partnership with Providence St. Jude and the wellness council’s work to help promote a healthy campus.

“We sincerely hope (the wellness walk) becomes a valued tool for those of us trying to put more movement and activity into our lives and improve our overall health and well-being,” Chandler said.

Michael Mahi

Michael Mahi