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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WVU Medicine Camden Clark and Highmark West Virginia encourage community members to take strides toward better health

Parkersburg, W.Va. (April 10, 2018) — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, in collaboration with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, is encouraging employees and area residents to develop the healthy habit of walking with its annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® program.

A kickoff event will be held Monday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Parkersburg Municipal Building, weather permitting. Officials from WVU Medicine Camden Clark, Highmark West Virginia and the City of Parkersburg will invite participants to join them for a brief walk around downtown Parkersburg to officially kick off the walking challenge. All community members and downtown businesses are invited to attend.

"As the area's leader in high quality, comprehensive healthcare, WVU Medicine Camden Clark is proud to partner with Highmark West Virginia and the City of Parkersburg to get our employees, as well as our community, up and moving," said Louis A. Haer Jr., director, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Health and Wellness Center. "Walking is a great way to improve your overall health and wellness, it's free and anyone can do it. We encourage everyone to enjoy the benefits of walking every day now that spring is finally here."

The 15-week program, which runs from April 16 through July 24, encourages participants to walk at least one mile a day or more for 100 days as a form of physical activity. Participants can track and record all miles completed, and there is no cap on number of miles walked during the challenge.

"We are excited to partner with WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and the City of Parkersburg to show people that adopting a healthy habit like walking can have many positive effects on their overall quality of life," said Jim Fawcett, president, Highmark West Virginia. "We hope this walking challenge will provide encouragement to our employees and to the community to get up, get moving and get healthy."

Three walking routes — in quarter-, half- and one-mile increments — have been mapped out in downtown Parkersburg to make it easier for participants to track their mileage. A walking map with these route options for walkers can be found near the Parkersburg Municipal Building, as well as on the Downtown PKB website.

Community members or local businesses interested in participating in the walking challenge can find additional details at The deadline to register is April 13.

In addition to the Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® program, WVU Medicine Camden Clark and Highmark West Virginia have also partnered on other health and wellness initiatives, including the SoleMates Walking Club and the Wellness Wednesday Lunch and Learn series. SoleMates is a walking program held at the Grand Central Mall that encourages people to choose a healthy lifestyle through walking, and Wellness Wednesday is a series that focuses on health, wellness and lifestyle lunchtime conversations.


Camden Clark Medical Center is a 302 licensed-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility that serves the mid-Ohio Valley; a nine county region of 200,000 residents of West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio. CCMC provides a broad range of services, offering the latest in medical technology and a highly trained staff. As the community's hospital for more than a century, CCMC plays a leading role as the region's primary source for advanced healthcare, wellness programs and has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission. For more information, see


Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 300,000 members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional individuals through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia holds the largest share of the commercial market, and more West Virginians carry a Blue Cross Blue Shield card than any other insurance carrier in the state. With offices in in Parkersburg, Charleston, and Wheeling, it employs more than 700 people. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Roger Lockhart
WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center

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Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health