I hope that 2012 is off to a good start for all of you. Many of you will have made at least one New Year’s resolution. Some of the perennial favorites reflect opportunities to enhance our own health and fitness, whether to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat better, or to quit smoking.
At Tufts, supporting wellness is very much in line with our commitment to nutrition and health. One way you can reach your own wellness goals is to participate in our annual Trek to Talloires. Launched in partnership by Athletics and Human Resources in 2010 as part of the Healthy@Tufts initiative, the Trek is a personal fitness challenge that can help boost your energy level in the winter months.
The Trek is a 100-day virtual journey from our Medford/Somerville campus to the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. It begins today and ends at midnight on April 12. You can join at any time during that period by signing up online at www.trek2talloires.org. Then, start logging your fitness hours, setting your own personal goals. Your goal determines your route on the virtual tour. Those who commit to more hours, will make more stops along the way; those with less time to dedicate to their trek take a more direct route. Any physical activity counts, from walking or running to yoga. I look forward to logging in my time in Hamilton pool. While the weather has been mild so far, we will get some snow, and shoveling counts too.
Participants are eligible for prize raffles over the course of the 100 days the Trek is on, but the real prize will be in your enhanced health and sense of wellbeing. In the first two years of the Trek, more than 2,400 members of the Tufts community logged over 135,000 hours of exercise. Participants have encouraged one another to reach their goals, and the shared experience of the Trek has led to the formation of weekly walking groups, workout partnerships, and new friendships.
The Trek is open to all members of the Tufts community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends. I encourage you and your friends and family to log onto www.trek2talloires.org to learn more and to sign up for this year’s Trek. I think you will find it a great experience.