University of Pittsburgh
October 2, 2006

Oakland Site for Second Pitt America on the Move In Pittsburgh Walking Event Oct. 11

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh will once again host America on the Move in Pittsburgh in an effort to get Pittsburghers up and moving. The second in a series, this free walking event will take place, rain or shine, at noon Oct. 11, beginning at the Schenley Plaza Tent, 4100 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg along with UPMC Health Plan President Diane Holder will address participants prior to the walk. The walk will begin at 12:15 p.m., led by Leslie Sansone, "In-Home Walking" program originator and owner of Studio Fitness in New Castle, and Jennifer Antkowiak, formerly with KDKA-TV and now executive director of promotions, marketing, and multimedia for Sansone. The walk will begin and end at the Schenley Plaza Tent and is expected to last 20-25 minutes.

Pittsburghers can register for America on the Move by going to www.americaonthemove.org or calling 1-888-553-8762.

Individuals who carry the UPMC Health Plan can receive additional benefits. These individuals should enter the code "UPMC" as the Group Registration Code on the registration pages, and enter the UPMC Health Plan ID number from their health plan card when prompted.

The Web site encourages participants to log in daily to record the number of steps they walk each day; it also prompts them to enter their weight weekly. Every Monday a new motivational and educational "Step to Better Health" will be posted.

In addition to Pitt, other sponsors are UPMC Health Plan, HJ Heinz, Del Monte, Giant Eagle, and KDKA-TV.

The first 1,000 attendees will receive free America on the Move in Pittsburgh long-sleeved T-shirts.

For more information, contact the director of America on the Move in Pittsburgh, John M. Jakicic, Pitt associate professor and chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity, at 412-488-4182 or jjakicic@pitt.edu.

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