Walking Wednesday

Walking Wednesday

CMU Fit Every Wednesday from 11:45am to 1 p.m., members of the campus community walk around Gesling Stadium or Wiegand Gym as a way to "Fit Fitness In". Come join us to continue the campus's Healthy Initiative of "Come to Campus Healthy, Leave Healthier". The environment is enriched with music as participants engage in friendly conversation with colleagues and students.


4 laps around the track = a mile
14 laps around the gym = a mile

How we started:

Carnegie Mellon's athletics department launched a Walking Wednesdays campaign in October of 2010 where they encouraged all members of the campus community to take a break from work and walk together during lunch time either around Gesling Stadium's track or in Wiegand Gym.

The program was a success and has continued in conjunction with the campus's Healthy Initiative to "Fit Fitness In".

If interested in walking daily with a group, learn more about the Walking Club.



The fitness challenge for the summer will be bike riding. To join, see the sign up sheet and return it to the fitness desk.


For additional information about the benefits of walking and the campus's support to be healthy, read Michelle Piektowski's message below:

Dear Supervisor:

The university has prioritized Holistic Health and Wellness as a strategic recommendation in its Strategic Plan 2025. The plan recommends “an environment that prioritizes physical health, mental health and overall wellness” in addition to “physical spaces for mindfulness, spirituality, reflective practices and meaningful social engagement, as well as fitness, recreation and athletics.” The university provides faculty and staff members with opportunities to practice wellness while on campus including access to the Mindfulness Room, healthy dining options, free exercise classes and Walking Wednesdays. Many of these programs and resources, such as Walking Wednesdays, are available over the lunch hour and are designed to be incorporated into the workday.

When individuals engage in a healthier lifestyle, the positive impact is realized on both the personal and institutional level. For example, a healthier lifestyle  can increase employee productivity, decrease the number of lost workdays and decrease health insurance costs. This is clearly a case where what is good for the employee is also good for the employer.

I am requesting that, whenever possible, supervisors help promote a healthy environment by supporting employees who wish to participate in campus programs and activities designed to promote health. While there are times when the needs of the office and the demands of the work situation make staff participation in an event or activity impossible, we ask that —when flexibility is an option — you support a staff member’s interest in participating in a health and wellness activity.

One of the first events for 2019 is the Fitness Challenge sponsored by Carnegie Mellon Athletics. The event continues until Spring Break in March and challenges participants to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, four days a week. Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of the fitness facilities and weekly Group X classes at the Cohon University Center and Tepper Fitness Center. In addition to supporting opportunities for employees to participate, I hope you will find time to participate in these activities as well.

Thank you for your consideration and support of a healthy campus.



Michelle Piekutowski
Associate Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer