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IU Bloomington employees encouraged to use one-mile trails on campus

Apr. 20, 2016

As the weather turns beautiful, IU Bloomington employees are encouraged to use one of four, one-mile trails that criss-cross campus.

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Permanent brick markers are installed along each trail and feature the name of the trail, the IU trident and a distance measure. | PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA SCHAEFER

"These are easy, accessible paths that, for many employees, are located just steps from their office door," Healthy IU manager Samantha Schaefer said. "While we’re all aware of the health benefits of walking more, there has been a lot of research lately about how physical activity can help energize you, help you fight off that mental fatigue and restore your mind.

"Plus, our campus is just beautiful," she continued. "And using one of these trails is a great way to get out there and take advantage of it."

Each trail begins and ends at the Wildermuth Intramural Center and connects so faculty and staff can go from one trail to the other. A map outlining the trails is available online. The trails are The Woodlawn Loop Trail, the Arboretum Art Trail, the Red Brick Trail and the Shaded Wilderness Trail.

Each trail is about a mile long, or about 2,000 steps.

Permanent brick markers are installed along each trail, and feature the name of the trail, the IU trident and a distance measure.

Back in 2014, Healthy IU volunteers walked each of the trails and provided feedback on the length of the route, accessibility and names for each path. 

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