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OhioHealth "HOOFit" Walking Program Launches at the Columbus Zoo

Media Alert: Monday, May 14, 2012


May 14, 2012
Jennifer Wilson
Communications Manager

WHAT:              The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and OhioHealth are teaming up to launch the HOOFit Walking Program.
WHEN:             Tuesday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE:           Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
WHY:               The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and OhioHealth are bringing an exciting new addition to the Zoo, a walking program called “HOOFit.”
      The inaugural HOOFit walk kicks off on Tuesday, May 15, with OhioHealth physician experts and Zoo animal educators leading the way to healthy adventure.
HOOFit is designed to raise awareness of the health benefits that Zoo guests are already taking advantage of while walking through the park. The program encourages adults and children to keep track of how many steps they take as they explore the Zoo.
WHO:               Dale Schmidt, CEO, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
                        Dave Blom, President and CEO, OhioHealth
                        Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
                        OhioHealth physicians
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About The Columbus Zoo
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit
About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. Named by Thomson Reuters as one of the 10 best healthcare systems in America three years in a row, OhioHealth has also been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” six years in a row, 2007-2012.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 21,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, 18 hospitals, 23 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital-Columbus, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville,Hardin Memorial Hospital and Marion General Hospital. For more information,please visit our website at