Hospital walking trails promotes healthy living

As part of a new initiative to encourage healthy living, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital unveiled its new Healthy Heights Walking Trails on Monday.

The two walking trails are located indoors in two different sections of the hospital. The trails are for both employees and the public to enjoy, said Lisa Piercey, a physician and vice president of hospital services.

In addition to the walking trails, the hospital recently opened a yogurt shop called Freshëns Smoothies and Yogurt, which offers healthful yogurt in addition to frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors.

One walking trail begins at the bottom of the escalators in Tower A and ends at the bottom of the other set of escalators in the Outpatient Clinic lobby. Two laps equals one mile, Piercey said. The one designated primarily for the public is in the enclosed walkway that connects the Physicians Office Tower to Garage 3. Four laps equals one mile, she said.

“It’s great to have a place that’s cut off from the weather and it’s climate controlled with a nice view of West Forest,” she said. “And when you’re done you can come down to the restaurant area and have some yogurt or premium coffee.”

Barry Phillips, executive director of human relations for West Tennessee Healthcare, said he was excited about the opening of the walking trails.

“We’ve been working on this for awhile,” he said. “We’ve had some changes to make but I’m excited about what will happen with this. We have many incentives for our employees to help change to healthier lifestyles. Some good things are happening here.”

The hours for the public walking trail is 4:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.