Will-Burt shows out at NetWalk

Will-Burt shows out at NetWalk

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The predicted rain didn’t keep more than 45 walkers from celebrating National Walking Day at the NetWalk with the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce on April 6. The 1.25-mile NetWalk was held on the grounds of the University of Akron Wayne College in Orrville.

NetWalk with the Chamber provides an opportunity for Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to network while benefiting from an improved sense of well-being associated with walking.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and Growing Healthy Habits Community have partnered on this networking experience as part of the chamber’s 2022 Wellness Initiative.

A key component of the program is participation from Corporate Wellness Champions. Corporate Wellness Champions promote health and wellness in the workplace by bringing their employees together for the NetWalk each month.

The Will-Burt Company was the first to pledge its support as a Corporate Wellness Partner.

“One of Will-Burt’s main focuses is the well-being of its employee owners,” said Deborah Webb, benefits manager at the company headquartered in Orrville since 1918.

Will-Burt, which is 100% owned by its employees, is a manufacturer of telescoping mast and tower elevation solutions used around the world.

“We have had a wellness program in place for several years,” Webb said, “and this year we made the NetWalk with the Chamber one of the activities that counts toward our wellness program.”

The Will-Burt Company had more than 20 employees attend the NetWalk.

“My co-workers and I really enjoyed the first NetWalk event,” said Dana Schauer, director of supply chain at Will-Burt. “What a fun way to get some exercise and fresh air while strengthening the relationships with your colleagues and meeting new people from local businesses. We look forward to the next one.”

Additional Corporate Wellness Champions include Aultman Orrville Hospital and the University of Akron Wayne College.

“We are looking to add more Corporate Wellness Champions each month,” said Pete Kandis of Aultman Orrville Hospital, also the co-chair of the Chamber Wellness Initiatives.

Walking was not the only activity of the evening. Participants also had the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked by the Aultman Hospital Working On Wellness Team, sign up for GHH Orrville Moves program, pause for a Mindfulness Moment with Reich Consulting and boost their heart rate with fitness bursts along the route coordinated by the Orrville YMCA.

According to studies, just one 10-minute walk a week can help you reduce your chances of early death and maintain or lose weight. Walking also opens the free flow of ideas and is a simple solution to the goals of increasing creativity, increasing physical activity and increasing your business network while exercising.

NetWalk with the Chamber will be held the first Wednesday of each month through September, with a different location each month. The May 4 NetWalk will be held at P. Graham Dunn in Dalton. Check out all the NetWalk events and register at www.orrvillechamber.com.

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