Step-by-step the people of Guam can improve their health. This is especially true on the University of Guam’s campus where a new walking/running map has just been completed. Large detailed maps are now posted in the Calvo Field House at the front entrance, in the exercise rooms, and in the dorms.
“This has been a joint effort between the UOG Athletics’ Department and the College of Natural & Applied Sciences (CNAS),” says Jim Hollyer, Associate Dean for Extension & Outreach at CNAS. “I walk the campus many mornings and in the afternoon there are also many runners, walkers, and strollers. We just wanted a way for our community to know exactly how far they are going on various pathways and the mapping project is one of those ways.” Dr. Tanisha Aflague, with the Community Nutrition Education Program (CNEP) at CNAS-Extension & Outreach, collaborated with the Children Healthy Living (CHL) Program and Non-Communicable Disease consortium to develop Walk-A-Mile maps in select villages in Guam for community wellness programs.
The Walk-A-Mile map project has been expanded to include nearly all villages throughout Guam, including the UOG campus. “We were inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign that has a web feature of parks, paths, and playgrounds to be physically active. We’ve localized this concept to sustain efforts and partnerships initiated by the CHL Program,” says Dr Aflague.
“At UOG, we are moving our Recreation Department from an intramural based organization to a Wellness based program and a major part of that ‘Wellness’ is a Walking Program and these maps are central to that program and how to build health from starting with one section of the map, to walking two sections, then 3, then 4, etc. and then at the end, walking all the sections, including the greatest test we can provide, the Marine Lab Hill,” says UOG’s Athletic Director, Doug Palmer. “The maps will help us meet the goals of the GovGuam Wellness Program that we are a part of and that we run for the campus, walking should be a major, if not central part of that healthy lifestyle movement for UOG students, faculty and staff, and dorm residents.”
All maps were created by CNAS’s graphic artist, Emily Shipp. Maps can be downloaded from the CNAS website here: http://cnas-re.uog.edu/walking-maps/