HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville Hospital debuted a new feature Tuesday, designed to improve the health of employees and visitors.
The hospital has added a fourth walking trail. There are now three indoor walking trails and one outdoor trail on the campus.
The Twickenham Bridge Walking Trail is a marked loop between the Twickenham Building and Blackwell Medical Tower. Five one-way trips equal a mile.
The hospital employs 7,500 people and hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through its halls annually. The goal of the trails is to provide these people with easy, on-site exercise options.
Huntsville Hospital Vice President of Communications Burr Ingram says, "we're in the business of providing healthcare and hopefully, promoting good health. It makes sense for us to set a good example."
In the spirit of the season, "Fit Santa" made an appearance at the ribbon-cutting, although in this case, the ribbon was a length of athletic shoes tied together.
The trails are the second part of a plan to increase exercise opportunities around the hospital. Earlier this year, smart signs went up, encouraging people to take the stairs rather than the elevator in the Blackwell Medical Tower.