Professor "HAM's" It Up for Health, Fitness

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Mike Tuttle

Mike Tuttle

The bi-annual 40-mile "Hike Across Maryland" takes place along the Appalachian Trail.

Northwood University Florida Associate Professor Michael Tuttle recently completed the 2013 "Hike Across Maryland."

Known as HAM, the one day 40-mile walk/run along the Appalachian Trail spans the Pennsylvania / Maryland state line and crosses Maryland to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

"The HAM event in which I participate every other year requires continuous training to be ready for the challenge of that full day of walking and running," said Tuttle, a Florida professor of Management, who is also a 1984 "through hiker" of the complete 2,100 + mile Appalachian Trail, and logs his fastest HAM time of 11 hours and 20 minutes.

The bi-annual event sponsored by the Maryland Mountain Club is limited to 110 documented experienced entrants. The mountainous trail crosses western Maryland and includes various terrain conditions. About 20 percent of the participants drop out when they do not make the six check points in time.

Northwood University supports and embraces health and wellness initiatives with the goal of providing a fun and unique wellness program to motivate employees toward a healthier lifestyle by reducing stress and other health risks.

Recognizing the value of a fit and healthy workplace Northwood University strives to provide all employees with information to help lead a healthy lifestyle and to foster a healthy workplace culture. Tapping into employee expertise and partnering with multiple campus health services, its Human Resource Department offers a variety of tools and programs to support employees seeking a healthy balance in their professional and personal lives.