Look for signs marking 10 new mile-long trails in the Syracuse area, part of the Monday Mile project that launches today. Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney will issue a joint proclamation making today Move It Monday Day.
The Monday Mile is a project of the Move It Monday campaign, which is part of the Healthy Monday initiative — to inspire healthy acts on the first day of every week, in hopes that healthy habits take hold and help create a healthier community overall. Meatless Monday is another campaign tied to Healthy Monday. The Monday Mile project encourages people to walk a mile every Monday.
Trails include one linking Upstate with Syracuse University (see below), another on the SU campus and another linking Syracuse City Hall with the Onondaga County Office Building. Four are in county parks, including Onondaga Lake Park, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Highland Forest and Jamesville Beach. Three are in city parks, including Thornden Park, Burnet Park and Upper Onondaga Park. The trails are marked with signs saying “Monday Mile.”
Mayor Miner believes the downtown trail will appeal to workers and downtown residents, most of whom will find that the route provides an easy-but-healthful 30-minute workout. Walking one mile is long enough to provide health benefits, yet short enough for almost everyone to participate.
Upstate President David Smith MD notes that the exercise recommendation for adults is 150 minutes per week. “Break that down to just five days a week, and that’s only 30 minutes, about the time it would take you to walk a mile. You don’t need a gym or workout attire to take this nearby walk to better health.”
Signage was designed by students and staff from Syracuse University who are part of the Healthy Monday Syracuse team, based at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at SU’s Maxwell School. Healthy Monday was founded by alumni Sid Lerner and his wife Helaine. It is a national initiative to help end chronic preventable diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
Listen to a radio interview about the Healthy Monday campaign in Syracuse.