How many miles will spectators walk at the Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championship this weekend? Last year, it was over two thousand. Mercy is once again partnering with the tournament to promote increased physical activity and bringing back the Mile for Mercy program.
Mercy staff members will be handing out 2,000 pedometers throughout the weekend from the Mercy tent located just along the 18th fairway. Those who log at least two miles with their pedometer can bring it back to the booth through Sunday and put their name in for the drawing of a mountain bike or two tickets to Mercy’s annual Charity Ball. Once participants log a total of 500 miles, the tournament will make a $5,000 donation to the Mercy Foundation.
Of course, Mercy hopes the pedometers will continue getting could use long after the tournament is over. A good walking goal is 10,000 steps a day. Kyle Brunen, health and wellness manager at Mercy encourages people to pay attention to the number of steps they walk. “By clipping on a pedometer during your normal daily routine it first of all makes you more aware,” Brunen said. “Measure your activity level, and if you see you are coming up a little short, increase it.”
The Mercy tent will also offer free sunscreen, blood pressure and body composition analysis screenings.