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Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 : 5:10 a.m.

Packard Health kicks off free summer walking program - Packard Pacers

By Staff

Packard Health held an event Saturday, June 4 to kick off the Packard Pacers, a free summer walking and training program for community members of all fitness levels and all ages. Exercises met at County Farm Park in Ann Arbor to stretch and walk and learn health information.


Three sponsors hold their framed certificates, thanking them for sponsoring the Pacer's and Packard Health. Pictured are Tisha O'Malley from Thomson Reuters (left), JPaul Dixon from the Hylant Group and Tom Tocco from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

photo courtesy of Packard Health

Local businesses joined Packard Health and the Kiwani’s Club to promote the health and wellness of the entire community. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, as founding partner of the Packard Care corporate campaign, started things off with a donation of $50,000.

The summer walking and fitness program is intended to provide a supportive environment. The Pacers meet on Saturday mornings from June through Labor Day weekend for stretching exercises and walking with Packard Health providers and staff.

Walkers receive a pedometer to track steps and a walking log to record progress. Demond Johnson, personal trainer and owner of A2 Fitness Professionals, will provide motivation and coaching. New this year: The Packard Pacers Pairs, grandparents and grandkids getting healthy together through exercise and healthy eating.

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