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Davenport campus 'moon walks' for wellness

The Research “moon walkers” logged the most miles of any team on the Davenport campus as part of Moon Walk 2006.
The Moon Walkers team in front of Research building

Last spring, Palmer’s Davenport campus took part in Moon Walk 2006, in conjunction with the Wellness Champions of the Quad City Health Initiative. Developed by the Illinois cities of Rockford and Peoria in 2004, this year’s event encouraged Quad Cities residents to compete against the other cities to see which community could first walk 477,400 miles— the distance from Earth to the Moon and back.

Walkers kept track of their mileage with pedometers. Participants who contributed with other forms of exercise recorded their mileage using a special conversion chart.

While the walk was set to end on June 30, the Quad Cities community completed the walk in record time, finishing in mid-May. Palmer’s Davenport campus team was the area’s second largest contributor with a total of 45,416.37 miles. The department that made the greatest effort was the Research Department, whose 24 participants moon-walked 5,631.27 miles.

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