The Inland Empire office of the Arthritis Foundation recognized Loma Linda University Health with the 2012 Partners in Progress Award in December for participation in the foundation's Walk With Ease program, a university spokesman announced Monday.
"A lot of people with arthritis think they can’t exercise," Olivia Moses, DrPH, administrator for LLU Health's Living Whole employee wellness program, said in a statement.
"But an appropriate exercise program can have great benefits," Moses said. "This was the first time we have participated in Walk with Ease, and we were very excited to have been involved."
Loma Linda University Health has more than 300 walkers on campus, university spokesman Herbert Atienza said.
The Walk with Ease program asks participants to walk three times per week for six weeks, to help reduce arthritic pain while improving flexibility, strength, balance, and overall health, Atienza said.
Loma Linda University Health staff accepted the award Dec. 4, Atienza said.
The Living Whole campus wellness program offered Walk With Ease during the summer to employees at the LLU Behavioral Medicine Center, LLU Medical Center–East Campus, and LLUAHSC Support Building, Atienza said.
For more information about the Inland Empire Arthritis Foundation, visit www.arthritis.org/california/inlandempire.
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians. LLUH, a Seventh-day Adventist organization established in 1905, LLUH, is billed as a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."