by Rosa Nesmith, Amtrak Employee Wellness Ambassador
Our CEO, Joseph Boardman, is walking the talk and regularly participating in Amtrak’s Keep Walking program to help control his diabetes, lower his blood pressure and increase his mobility.
When Mr. Boardman first started the program, plantar fasciitis and hip pain kept him from walking far. “At first, I would walk part way to work then take public transportation,” Boardman admits.
Today, Mr. Boardman walks all the way to work. Walking has become a part of his daily routine and as a result, he has lost 60lbs, no longer needs diabetes medication and can move with less pain. “I committed to eating less and moving more – whether walking or biking,” says Boardman. “My Amtrak colleagues help to keep me motivated. I’m proud of the tremendous employee participation in our Keep Walking program and I encourage you all to keep moving,” Boardman adds.
Mr. Boardman’s Health Tip:
This is a decision you have to make. No one can decide for you. Once you do, stay positive – even when you don’t feel like it – keep walking.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Even short, 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. It’s low risk, easy to start and can help keep you fit and reduce your risk of serious diseases, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.
A regular walking program can:
- Improve your cholesterol profile
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase your energy and stamina
- Boost “couch potato” bone strength
- Prevent weight gain
Amtrak is committed to providing employees with the information you need to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Employees can learn more about this commitment on the company Every Day Wellness intranet site.