As part of the continued effort to encourage exercise and healthy living, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will dedicate its new walking and jogging path, The Spotsy Loop on Wednesday, 05 June at 3:00 p.m. The employee-generated idea, inspired by walking trails found at other hospitals, will provide area residents, employees and hospital guests a safe, lit, and accessible location to start a workout routine or continue a long-standing one. The dedication event, held at the opening of the farmer’s market, will include local elected officials, representatives from health-related organizations, and hospital administration.
“Hospitals have long been seen as a place for the sick,” said Tim Tobin, President and CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “In recent years, we have been able to transform that message into a place to get healthy. Now, we are working toward the day where people see Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center as a place to stay healthy through diet and exercise. The opening of the Spotsy Loop will give our guests, our employees and the residents of Spotsylvania County an easily accessible location to exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle. ”
The 1.07 mile loop, which covers the entire northern edge of the 75-acre campus and crosses in front of the hospital, is completely on sidewalk, lit, and accessible to free parking. Twelve signs, each bearing an exercise-related or health-related tip, keep users along the route and provide the distance travelled since the last sign and overall. As an added convenience, the Spotsy Loop passes by the main entrance of the facility, allowing users to take advantage of restrooms, water fountains and sample healthy selections in the Spotsy Café. Consideration has already been given for future expansion toward Route 1, Germanna Community College or toward the back of the hospital.
The new walking path is one of many healthy initiatives supported by SRMC, which will celebrate its third birthday on Friday, 07 June. Last month, the hospital celebrated the opening of the second season of the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market at SRMC, bringing locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, breads and more to the parking lot each Wednesday afternoon. Up to 20 vendors serve commuters, local residents, hospital employees and those looking to spruce up their meals with the freshest items grown and raised in Virginia. The effort, which also includes a bonus for SNAP! customers to expand their purchasing power, is part of a small but growing trend of farmer’s markets hosted on hospital grounds. According to a Sept. 2012 article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, of nearly 8,000 farmer’s markets listed in the online USDA directory, fewer than 100 are hosted by a health care institution.
“Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center was built with the intention of creating a place where people can get healthy and stay healthy,” continued Tobin. “The Spotsy Loop and the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market at SRMC represent just two of the many initiatives we have designed with the intention of promoting better, healthier lives. I look forward to seeing many of our residents, employees and guests take advantage of these offerings, and in doing so, continuing to make Spotsylvania a place known for exceptional health and health care.”