BayCare Clinic issues trail pass corporate challenge
Tue, May 22, 2018
BayCare Clinic hopes to spur an increase in outdoor activity and physical fitness among its nearly 900 employees and physicians. It’s doing so by buying Wisconsin state trail passes for all its employees who want one.
The gesture is courtesy of BayCare Clinic Bikes – an initiative promoting bicycling as a safe, healthy, family-friendly activity throughout northeastern Wisconsin – which encourages other area organizations to follow suit.
“We are issuing a corporate challenge to support the Greater Green Bay Active Communities Alliance, an action team convened by Live54218,” says Ann Seidl, a BayCare Clinic spokeswoman. “We are challenging all area employers to join us in supporting this health and wellness initiative and purchasing state trail passes for their employees. The goal is to help encourage employees to get out and get active.”
The Greater Green Bay Active Communities Alliance is a Live54218 action team whose goal is to create an active, connected community for all Brown County residents.
“We’re encouraging other area organizations to rise to the challenge and consider purchasing trail passes for their employees as well,” said Natalie Bomstad, executive director of Live54218 and local spokeswoman for the Greater Green Bay Active Communities Alliance. “This initiative is about fostering a culture of health and well-being in our community, connecting with our neighbors, and being active in the many natural environments and assets our community has to offer.”
A state trail pass costs $25 per year. It allows access to more than 30 state trails, including the Fox River Trail and the Mountain-Bay Trail in Brown County. Cyclists, inline skaters, skateboarders and horseback riders 16 years of age and older must buy a trail pass to use those trails. There is no fee for walking or hiking on those trails. Users under the age of 16 do not require a trail pass.
Trail passes can be purchased through the Brown County Parks Department website, by calling the Brown County Parks Department at 920-448-6242, at several local vendor sites or at pay stations along the trails and trailheads.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages employees to increase their physical activity. According to the CDC:
- There are numerous health benefits related to physical activity. They include a lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, some cancers, and depression.
- Only half of all American adults report meeting the physical activity guidelines.
- Each day in the United States, more than 150 million American adults go to work.
- With employees spending an average of 7.6 hours a day at their place of employment, worksites provide a unique setting to promote practices that can significantly increase physical activity and improve the health of millions of working adults.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
About BayCare Clinic Bikes
BayCare Clinic Bikes promotes bicycling as a healthy, family-friendly activity. Efforts are aimed toward increasing bicycling and advocating for bicycling safety throughout northeast Wisconsin.