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Saint Alphonsus Health System Launches grassroots community health initiative
Boise, ID – Saint Alphonsus Health System kicks off a new initiative designed to improve the health of the community. Each week beginning June 11, 2012 walkers, runners and strollers meet to take part in Meet Me Monday.
Meet Me Monday is a grassroots weekly event that encourages people to get and stay healthy. Walkers, strollers, runners, and even those who wish to meander, meet each Monday evening - Beside Bardenay at 610 Grove Street on Boise’s Basque Block. For participants the process is simple and fun; register at 5:15 PM in person and begin their walk or run at 5:45 PM. One, two and 3.75 mile courses are available. The routes can be viewed at www.meetmemonday.org. Rules require participants to obey all traffic laws and signals. No streets will be blocked.
“Being healthy involves mind, body and spirit and we are delighted to facilitate a weekly outdoor experience in our vibrant downtown that cultivates good health,” said Sally Jeffcoat, President and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System. “Meet Me Monday is a partnership with the entire community. People of any age or any fitness level are encouraged to be part of this exciting new initiative that makes getting outside a fun and rewarding experience. We are delighted the City of Boise has embraced the effort with open arms.”
The new downtown Boise tradition is a collaboration with Bandanna Running & Walking. “Saint Alphonsus and Bandanna Running & Walking share a common passion for improving the health of our community,” said Shannon Harris, Owner, Bandanna Running & Walking. “When the opportunity presented itself for us to work together in bringing this event to Boise, we were truly excited.”
The event also showcases Boise’s vibrant downtown. "My commitment to making Boise the most livable city in the country includes giving residents the tools and opportunities to get and stay healthy," Boise Mayor David Bieter said. "This weekly walk is not only good for people's health; it is also a way to support our downtown Boise businesses. It reinforces the city's commitment to health and wellness exemplified by our successful 'Let's Move Boise!' initiative. My hat is off to Saint Alphonsus for coordinating this grassroots event. I look forward to seeing the Meet Me Monday program growing in popularity and attendance in the coming years."
Meet Me Monday will have creative incentives for participation, along with raffle prizes and discounts provided by many downtown merchants. The first 200 participants at the kick-off event will receive free t-shirts. The weekly, family-friendly walk/run event is free, fun and simple.
About Saint Alphonsus Health System
Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital, 714-bed regional, faith-based Catholic ministry with over 4,300 Associates and 950 medical staff. Serving the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada, Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Group, with more than 275 primary care and specialty care providers at 35 clinic locations. As a not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community-based. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health, Novi, Michigan. To find out more go to: www.saintalphonsushealthsystem.org