Georgia Cancer Specialists Employees Walk to the Moon

Friday, February 26th, 2010

GCS Employees Collectively Walk More Than 238,855 Miles as Part of Company-wide Health Initiative

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) employees have walked, run, swam, hiked, and skied to the moon! Less than a year ago, roughly 400 GCS employees were challenged to collectively walk the 238,855 miles from the earth to the moon in honor of the 40th  anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s monumental moon landing. 477,710,000 steps later, they have arrived.

GCS employees who participated counted their steps using pedometers. Many incorporated creative ways to walk more into their daily routines as part of the challenge, becoming more active because of the initiative.

“Instead of calling a coworker to ask a question, I’d just walk down to wherever their office was and ask in person,” said Michelle Yeomans, a GCS employee who participated in the program. “By doing things like that I was able to log an average of 10,000 steps each day.”

Ramona Foy, another GCS employee who participated in Walk to the Moon, accepted the challenge in an effort get healthy for herself and her family despite being a very busy mother of five.

“I made the time to walk,” said Foy. The effort has paid off. Since beginning the challenge, she has lost 21 pounds.

The initial goal was to walk the 238,855 miles to the moon by the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s monumental moon landing. Although the target date was not met, the initiative has been a huge success. Many GCS employees have been inspired by Walk to the Moon to integrate the good habits of exercise and healthier eating into their lifestyles.

Georgia Cancer Specialists is the largest private medical oncology/hematology practice in the Southeast and a leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The practice offers community-based medical oncology and hematology services and is the first private oncology practice to also provide a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including nutritional counseling, pain management, wellness counseling, and home health coordination. The GCS research department, whose focus is bringing targeted cancer therapy to communities, is the first in Georgia to offer Phase I clinical trials, the most novel cancer therapies available. GCS has 30 offices, 42 physicians, and more than 480 support staff members located in Metro Atlanta, North and Central Georgia, Southeast Tennessee, and Southwest North Carolina, and provides care through approximately 205,000 annual patient visits. Georgia Cancer Specialists can be found on the web at www.gacancer.com. GCS is The Cancer Answer.

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