Annual Meeting 2015: We like to move it, move it
We might be sitting in on discussions or hanging out at the expo, but public health advocates are not resting on their laurels, figuratively or literally. This year's Annual Meeting is all about movement.
- At Tuesday's park prescription session at APHA's 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Robert Zarr, MD, of Unity Health Care pointed out "The fact that we’re here in this room and not outside, talking about parks, is really telling of our built environment.” But attendees are not content to loaf during this meeting. Fitness has played a major role throughout #APHA15.
- Attendees have been participating in a walking challenge, racking up the most steps possible in navigating the literal miles of hallways in McCormick Place and beyond. By the close of the competition on Tuesday evening, attendees hit nearly 8 million steps!
- Big congrats to Parth Patel, who logged more than 105,000 steps in three days. Dang, Parth! Way to go.
- The challenge works by tracking steps through fitness apps and devices — a hot topic at this year's Annual Meeting!
- APHA is also hosting a Wellness Center with yoga each morning and exercise breaks throughout the day.
- Some people were able to carry the yoga vibes out of the Wellness Center and into the Public Health Expo.
- It's clear, fitness is a big part of public health advocates' lives, here in Chicago and beyond. We hope you'll keep moving with us throughout the rest of the Annual Meeting!