The Mount community kicked off another year focused on wellness with a group trek along the new walking path on the Doheny Campus. On Jan. 29, students, faculty and staff joined President Ann McElaney-Johnson on the 0.8-mile loop, designed as an easy walking trail that weaves in and out of the campus’ historic buildings.
"This wellness movement has really changed our approach to getting and staying healthy as a community. It truly has been a life changer for many of our students and I would wager for many of our staff and faculty,” McElaney-Johnson told the crowd gathered in front of the Doheny Mansion.
McElaney-Johnson thanked the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation, whose continued support of the Mount Wellness movement helped launch the walking path. She also thanked the departments and teams that collaborated to plan the event, including students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program who manned information booths and held stretching and exercise demonstrations for the attendees.
The wellness walk is part of the Mount’s three-year commitment to the Healthier Campus Initiative of Partnership for a Healthier America, a collective movement to encourage and support greater physical activity and healthier eating habits on campuses across the nation.
“Whether you like to stroll or speed walk, like me, this walk is for everyone,” said Autumn Johnson, director of sports and wellness.
A map of the walking path is available on myMSMU. It is also available on the University’s website, under Maps and Directions.