So youve never pictured yourself as an Olympic athlete.
Your high jump is a short leap, a long distance run is more
like a slow walk to the mailbox and weightlifting describes
your effort to get out of bed in the morning.
Quit watching others exert energy on television and start
exerting your own through the transportation departments
2004 fitness challenge, a Journey to Athens. The
ITD Wellness Council challenges employees to take part in
the 10-week commitment to increase exercise activity, and
as a result, improve physical and mental health.
as the world gathers for the 2004 Summer Olympics, participating
ITD employees will already have made the Journey to Athens
by logging their exercise hours.
You can participate in your choice of 50-plus fitness
and sports activities, according to an information bulletin
on the program. Since progress is based on time spent
exercising, rather than degree of difficulty (no need to worry
about scoring a 10.0), you dont have to be a world-class
athlete to benefit from this challenge.
The exercise/fitness program is designed as a one-size-fits-all:
regardless of your physical condition, you can realize health
benefits from participating. And maybe youll pickup
some tangible rewards along the way.
Those who complete the 10-week program with at least 30 hours
of exercise can choose a shirt, hat or Summer Olympic pin.
In addition, prize drawings are scheduled for those who complete
their log and turn it in every two weeks.
Heres how it works:
Your goal will be to exercise for at least an average of
three hours per week. During the challenge, as you keep track
of your exercise and record your time on the log sheet, you
will qualify at higher and higher levels
the local level and advancing to state and regional levels
on your way to the Olympic Trials" (a total of
When you reach the goal of 30 exercise hours, you will have
qualified as an Olympian and are well on your
way to Athens, Greece, site of this years Summer Games.
There are almost as many exercise options as there are actual
Olympic events, from walking, running and biking, to hiking
and canoeing. (Check with organizers for qualifying activities
and limitations.) Expend physical energy and earn your medal.
The deadline for registering is Wednesday (April 28), but
you can begin counting the hours on Sunday (April 25). Registration
forms were distributed through ITD mail. If you need another
one, contact a wellness committee member or call Pauline Davis
in the Environmental Section at Headquarters (334-8481). Completed
forms should be returned to your appropriate wellness coordinator
or committee member.
Studies show that a program of regular exercise improves
health, reduces stress, contributes to a sense of general
well-being and enhances self-image. Participating in the Journey
to Athens will improve physical, mental and emotional health,
according to the ITD Wellness Committee.
The theme of this years challenge coincides with the
return of the Olympic Games to their original location in
Athens. They were first held in 776 B.C. in ancient Greece.
Competition continued every four years for more than a millennia
and were considered so important, even wars were interrupted
The Games were abolished in 394 by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius.
The modern era of Olympic competition began in 1896 as a way
to promote friendship, understanding and peaceful competition