Have a meeting planned for four or fewer people? How about trying a walking meeting.

Going to a meeting? How about making it a walking meeting

Walking meetings are good for you! A half hour status update conducted on foot can give you a third of the recommended 10,000 steps per day. Take the meeting outside and you’ve got fresh air, physical activity and an expanded horizon to reduce eye strain.

“In general, we enjoyed the time outside and the ability to walk and talk through various issues. Giving notice to participants that you’d like a walking meeting is a good strategy. The good news is that I surpass my daily goal of 10,000 steps when holding Walking Meetings.”

– Karin Olson, COO – Coastal Community of Care

Walking Meetings are easy to plan. Pick up your jacket and water bottle or commuter mug and set off out the door. Start walking in a low-traffic environment and then at half your allotted meeting time, turn back. Bring a smart phone to dictate some of the wrap-up points or action items. If it’s a phone call, consider going for a walk: keep it safe by wearing only one earbud.

Earn a VCH umbrella

Commit to a few Walking Meetings before Remembrance Day as part of the We Walk campaign at the Lions Gate Hospital campus.

Pick up a Walking Meeting Card and get it stamped at the coffee shop Andrew’s on Eighth – St Andrews Avenue & 8th Street – no purchase necessary to get your card stamped. Earn double stars when raining, drizzly or if the sidewalk is wet! Collect 5 stars by Remembrance Day for a gift card or VCH umbrella.

Cards can be picked up starting Monday, Sept. 18th at the LGH Foundation Office or at Andrew’s on Eighth. Or come visit us at the We Walk info table in the LGH main foyer (most) Tuesdays prior to Remembrance Day from 11:30 am -1 pm.

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