February Heart-Health Programs


Surveys show Monday holds significant influences on beginning a new routine, particularly exercise, and is a powerful time to engage your efforts. The Monday Mile is a fun, weekly walk that promotes wellness, relationship-building with your community, requires minimal time, and is a low-impact activity while offering mental and physical health benefits.

* How do I participate?
Participation is simple!

  • Make the time to complete a mile each Monday for the remainder of the Spring 2023 semester. Most people will complete a 1-mile walk in around 20 minutes.
  • Complete 1 mile via your method of choice. We have a designated campus loop (see attached map), indoor track, outdoor track, treadmills in the Fitness Center, or perhaps you have a favorite route of your own!
  • Make a point to meet with others at a location of your choice, or use 1 of 4 muster points around campus if you're going outside. The outdoor route is flat, keeps to sidewalks, is well-lit and maintained
  • Grab a friend or colleague, or reach out to someone new and make a plan to Monday Mile together.
  • FOR SUPERVISORS: need to snag a brief meeting with a few employees? Consider a walking meeting! Set your agenda, rendezvous point, and accomplish both at the same time.

* Need more convincing?

  • ***Employees**** who take part in the program can earn Monday Mile & Hamilton Wellness swag!
  • Pick up your Monday Mile passport card from the fitness center front desk to track your progress. They will be collected at the end of the semester.  
  • When you complete a Monday Mile, cross off a shoe in that month. Milestones will be rewarded with different levels of prizes at the end of the semester.

* Are there any other rules?

  • You can make this program your own. Feeling adventurous and want to extend the distance? Fine!
  • Already a regular runner or walker? Earn credit for your existing routine!
  • Using and submitting the passport card is based on the honor system
  • The program runs February 5th through May 13th and is for Hamilton Employees.
  • Build friendships and have fun!

Monday Mile Campus Map



WHEN:    Wednesday, February 7th, 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.
WHERE:  Remotely via Zoom (register to receive the link)

This month's session of the Hamilton Women's Health forum session will be focused on heart health aspects for women, particularly before, during, and after menopause. 

Register Here

Join us as Menopause Moment community established in the fall of 2023 is being renewed and expanded as the Hamilton Women’s Health Forum with Nurse Coach, Maureen Hughes. This platform will meet monthly for an educational keynote topic, along with plenty of Q&A and discussion to learn strategies to obtain the best outcomes related to female health of all ages. It is now time to gain agency over our unique health and wellness by continuing this journey to empower ourselves and one another. The stage of menopause will remain a focus, but this group is certainly not limited to those in that current stage! Women's health is just as unique before or after, and participating HWHF can benefit your current health and wellness practices regardless of age.

Meetings are held via Zoom once monthly on the first Wednesday, from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Please register below for calendar invites, emails, and Zoom links. All informaitonal sessions are recorded an available for distribution after each event!


Heart-Healthy Eating: use your cart to support your heart!

As the saying goes: you can't out-work a poor diet. Join your Hannaford Dietitian to learn how to fill your cart to protect your heart. In this presentation we will take a close look at evaluating labels and identifying foods that can help improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and overall health and minimize your cardiac risk profile. Attendees will receive goodie bags courtesy of Hannaford as well as a variety of useful coupons! Snacks will be provided.

In-person and remote attendance via zoom are available, as well a post-event recording. Register to attend or receive zoom link!

Bassett Heart

WHEN: Monday February 12th, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
WHERE: Blood Fitness Center, McKenna Conference room

Heart health screenings are offered once per semester, free of charge, through the Bassett Healthcare Network's division of Occupational Health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing your numbers is an instrumental step in understanding your current heart health status and a great way to provide a road map of important next steps to improve any areas of concern. Employees will receive a blood pressure reading, cholesterol and glucose level assessment, basic physical metrics analysis, and on-the-spot review of all results with a medical provider. 15 minutes is all it will take to establish your cardiac profile! Registration is required. Repeat assessments are encouraged to evaluate changes.

Registration required


Two educational and training sessions will be available for Hamilton Students and Employees to increase awareness and one's ability to assist in an emergency. 

Training sessions will include:

  • Recognizing an emergency situation
  • Initiating EMS communication
  • Locating and retrieving equipment
  • Proper application of AED and/or CPR procedures
  • Safety considerations while rendering aid
  • Demonstration and practice (*attendees should wear clothing you are comfortable sitting and kneeling in for hands-on practice)

AED ONLY Session: 
WHEN: Friday, February 16th 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: Blood Fitness Center, McKenna Conference room
Register HERE

AED & hand-only CPR Session:
WHEN: Saturday, February 17th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WHERE: Blood Fitness Center, McKenna Conference room
Register HERE

* These are non-certification level training and participants will not receive a certification card. *


Contact Name

Stephanie Kowell

Assistant Athletics Director for Fitness and Recreation

Office Location
Blood Fitness Center

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