New Fit-Trail at DHMC
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) patients, employees and visitors have a new exercise option thanks to thef opening of a one-mile Fit-Trail at DHMC in Lebanon. This 10-station outdoor exercise system was spearheaded by DHMC’s Live Well/Work Well (LWWW) program, and includes exercise equipment and stretching spots along DHMC’s Loop Trail.
Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, celebrated the opening of the Fit-Trail with DHMC employees and Robert K. McLellan, MD, the retired section chief of Occupational Medicine and former medical director and founder of the LWWW program. “I think this is going to be great not only for employees, but for patients and their families who feel like they just want to get out of the institution and spend some time enjoying nature,” Conroy said.
The Fit-Trail stations were installed by DHMC’s Grounds Maintenance crew and funded thanks to a $25,000 Helmut Schumann Fellowship grant, which was awarded to LWWW by the Hitchcock Foundation Board of Trustees. Several former patients of McLellan’s also made donations to the project. “These grateful patients requested that the Fit-Trail be dedicated in honor of Bob, and his vision to promote employee and patient health and well-being,” Conroy said. “It’s really a pleasure to do that. It speaks to Bob’s passionate advocacy for health and well-being.”
Conroy also thanked the LWWW team, noting that the Fit-Trail had been a longstanding goal for them. “Part of what we give back to the community is educating people on how they can live healthy lifestyles and actually marrying that with how we live our lives as employees. So, thank you again!”