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October 2nd, 2008
Hospital’s walking trail to be redirected during expansion construction

From Central Texas Medical Center

Central Texas Medical Center’s community walking trail will be temporarily re-routed in order to accommodate construction of its $35 million expansion. Additional parking will also be created to substitute for the spaces which will become inaccessible as a result of the project.

The changes will begin on Oct. 10.

“Our most recent assessment showed that on average, more than 300 people use our walking trail each day,” said Fred Jackson, Administrative Director of Support Services.  “With the cooler mornings and evenings this time of year, we anticipate that number will grow even more.”

CTMC opened the Trail in 1993 in support of its Creation Health philosophy, which  promotes healthy living through better choices in diet, exercise and lifestyle. The Creation Health principles are realized at CTMC through such efforts as healthy vegetarian options in the cafeteria each day, year round community wellness and education programming and its recent move to a totally smoke-free campus.

The walking trail is a mile long and users can choose to participate in the fitness challenge course, a work out program that provides instruction at several stations for specific exercises.  The program combines scientific and medically-proven exercises with jogging for development of cardiovascular conditioning, muscle tone and flexibility.

“I usually come out here a couple times a week.  I think the walking trail is of great value to San Marcos because there aren’t any other close locations,” said local resident, Bob Stoffed.

Partial relocation and ultimate renovation of the Community Walking Trail is part of CTMC’s  64,000 square foot expansion project, which is slated to open in late 2009.

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