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Bethel College promotes “steps toward health”

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When Bethel and Sterling College fans come out this Saturday to watch their football teams compete on Bethel’s Joe W. Goering Field, they’ll be invited to take a step (or 500) toward better health, and get a gift for doing so.

Preferred Health Systems of Wichita has donated 500 pedometers to be randomly distributed to participants of the “Thresher Tracker Challenge – 10,000 Steps 4 Life” during half-time of the September 22 game, which begins at 7 p.m.

Spectators will be invited to take a walk around Schmidt Track – about 500 steps – to demonstrate a commitment to the goals of Healthy People 2010, a set of health objectives established by the federal government, designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and ways to reduce these threats.

“Walking a lap is a simple yet powerful way for the Bethel College community to endorse being active and living a healthy lifestyle,” said Diane Flickner, Bethel’s athletic director.

The “10,000 Steps” comes from what is considered the standard number of steps per day (the equivalent of about five miles) that a person needs to take in order to maintain a healthy weight. Some studies have shown that pedometers motivate people to exercise more.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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