By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Walking intently, these women are part of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's team participating in Michigan on the Move.

"To be healthier, lose a little weight. You know spring's here," says participant Linda Moore.

"Anything that we can do to get people moving and a little bit healthier in this community. The obesity and overweight is a problem in Michigan and the country and so this is our small part of helping," says Ann Garvey of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

A six week-long program sponsored by Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, it involves 21 local companies with nearly 700 people participating -- in an effort to add 2,000 extra steps to their daily routine.

Says participant Pam Burt, "I have dogs, and so I walk them. And I thought if I walk them more that that could help give me my 2,000 steps."

In order to keep track of their steps, each person wears a pedometer on their waistband everywhere they go.

"We all know that it's hard to keep weight off, much less lose weight. And the program is not only simple but allows us not to gain the couple average pounds that we gain every year," explains Dawn Rodman of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.

Rodman says participants keep track of their progress by entering their number of steps into the America on the Move website.

"The focus is on moving more. And of course if we're healthier, if we're more active, endorphins increase. We're healthier. We're sick less often. Productivity can go up," she says.

And it doesn't have to end once the program is done.

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