Mercy Health Takes a "Walk on the Wild Side" and Partners with the Cincinnati Zoo to Promote the Health Benefits of Walking

(CINCINNATI; June 26, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it is taking a “Walk on the Wild Side” in forming a unique partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

“Mercy Health’s greatest wish is for area residents to be well and one of the best ways to ensure good health is regular exercise, which benefits us mind, body and spirit,” said Yousuf J. Ahmad, Mercy Health Cincinnati Market President and CEO. “The Cincinnati Zoo, a regional treasure and one of the top zoos in the nation, offers visitors the chance to enjoy the best scenery in town as they walk. Where else can a walk take you past exotic animals and breathtaking gardens? Together, we’re partnering to promote those walks and make them even more fun for adults and children alike.”

The Cincinnati Zoo will map out steps beginning in the Historic Vine Street Village at the Zoo’s main entrance and following the main path so that visitors can take a “Walk on the Wild Side.” Adults can compare their steps against those of an elephant, while children can see how their steps measure up against those of a penguin. Map stands will note how many fractions of a mile visitors have logged in addition to the animal steps so that visitors can set a walking goal or simply note the distance they’ve covered while at the Zoo.

For those who like to move a little faster, Mercy Health is also supporting the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cheetah Run as part of its “Walk on the Wild Side” partnership. The Cheetah Run is the Zoo’s annual 5k that lets participants Run Wild and will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year.

“The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo has four pillars: to create adventure, convey knowledge, conserve nature and – like Mercy Health ¬– serve the community,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. “With our ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ partnership, the Zoo and Mercy Health have found a creative way to help our community not just recognize but also enjoy the benefits of walking.”’