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Airport employees invest in their health
By DeAllous Smith

If you see Airport employees running around Hartsfield-Jackson and breaking a sweat, don’t worry. More than 60 staffers are participating in the Department of Aviation’s 2009 Employee Health & Wellness Campaign and using the Airport as their training center. In the end, they will be better conditioned to help the thousands of customers who come through the Airport each day.

“Studies have shown that healthy eating and active living can reduce stress, strengthen your cardiovascular system and improve your performance at the workplace,” said Tracy Gilbert, campaign organizer.

Themed “Taking Healthy Living to Heart,” the program, which runs through April, offers employees several components to stay fit and energized: healthy cooking tips, a weight-loss challenge, a 500,000-steps walking contest, an Airport-wide health fair and workout sessions twice a week with certified fitness trainers.

“In the next three months, we are hopeful that Airport employees will walk away with new changes that promote a more fit lifestyle,” Gilbert said.

Dr. Kim Turner, interim district health officer with Fulton County’s Department of Health and Wellness, encouraged participants to wear seat belts in their cars and to exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

Airport employees cited a strong support network as a motivating factor.

Health and Wellness Kickoff

At a recent kickoff event, representatives from the AeroClinic, Anytime Fitness, Black Health Magazine, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, LA Fitness and the American Diabetes Association inspired the group with a simple message: “Investing in your physical and emotional health is a very smart decision.”

“One of my new year’s goals is to maintain fitness and health,” said Traci Stafford, a senior market research analyst who signed up for the walking challenge. “I wanted to participate in the program from day one, so having my colleagues be a part of the campaign is an added bonus.”

The Health & Wellness Campaign ends April 24, so don’t hesitate to cheer employees on when you see them in action.

 

 

 


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