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Virtua kicks-off fitness challenge on National Walking Day

National Walk Day kick-off at Virtua
Virtua President/CEO Rich Miller and employees celebrate the start of the 2012 Virtua Walk/Run Challenge.

Virtua President & CEO Rich Miller led employees in a walk on April 4 in support of National Walking Day. This kicked off Virtua’s 5th Annual Walk-Run-Bike-Swim Challenge, a six-month system-wide event intended to encourage hospital employees to step into wellness by engaging in physical fitness activities every day.

Participants can track their miles and view the leaders and top teams from the Virtua intranet. Last year 647 employees and 54 teams collectively walked nearly 100,000 miles.

Virtua has been a proponent of the Wellness concept for many years. Virtua offers many prevention and wellness programs designed to keep people out of the hospital, including discounts for employees and their families at Virtua fitness centers; increased reimbursement for wellness activities such as Virtua’s Center for Weight Management; six free visits with a dietitian every year; and incentive for employees who participate in an online health risk assessment to gauge personal health status and map a plan for wellness and fitness.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.