Over on the 18th fairway on the Pinnacle Country Club golf course, Mercy health and wellness director, Kyle Brunen is encouraging folks to walk a mile for Mercy. Spectators can pick up a free pedometer from the Mercy tent and record their steps as they travel the greens.
Brunan says it's all part of a community outreach program. "Once they have walked a mile, they are going to check back in with us." It's something LPGA tournament chairman, Jay Allen is happy to support.
Allen said, "Walking around a golf course is good exercise and this is a good way to really quantify what you are doing. I just put one on and I am going to wear one the whole tournament."
Brunan said, "Once all of our spectators have walked a collective 500 miles, the NW Arkansas championship is going to donate 5000 dollars to the Mercy Foundation." Money, he says will help kids when they visit the doctor. "Every time they come in for a wellness checkup, they are going to get a book so by the time they reach kindergarten they are going to have a library of books that they will have been exposed to."
Making the most of the LPGA platform, Mercy hopes golf fans lend their steps to the cause.
Brunan said, "We can certainly have them walk away with something at the end of the tournament. Taking one small step here both figuratively and literally will be a good way to broach other areas of health and wellness in their lives so that's our intention here this weekend."
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