Mayor Greg Fischer, left, and Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, help cut a ribbon during the dedication of a walking path called the Health Sciences Center Medical Mile. | Photo courtesy of UofL
Candace Allen will be using the Medical Mile for exercise.  | Photo by Darla Carter

Candace Allen, 34, likes to go walking at lunchtime but isn’t always sure how much ground she’s covering.

That’s why she’s excited about the creation of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center’s Medical Mile.

The marked walking path, which starts near the Kornhauser library, was dedicated Tuesday by Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the UofL School of Medicine.

“I think it’s going to be good because I’ll have a designated spot that I know I can get a mile in,” said Allen, an otolaryngology coordinator at the nearby James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

The pathway, which is stamped with the Medical Mile logo and markers at one-fourth, one-half and three quarters of a mile, is an outgrowth of the medical school’s SMART Wellness Task Force and a Being Well Initiative. It will give people a chance to get active and enjoy fellowship with one another and perhaps, practice mindfulness, officials said.

The Medical Mile is a marked walking path. | Photo by Darla Carter

The Medical Mile “is to help our faculty and our staff and our students take care of their health, cultivate their own compassion and be as resilient as they can be,” Ganzel said. “It’s our hope that people will take to the trail and unwind and connect with one another as they walk the Medical Mile.”

The route goes from the Health Sciences Center Plaza north to East Muhammad Ali Boulevard, east to South Hancock Street, south to East Chestnut Street, west to South Floyd Street, north to East Muhammad Ali again and then finishes up by continuing south on South Preston back to the starting point, according to UofL.

Fischer lauded the project, saying “the easier we can make it for people to get out and walk off a few calories and have some great fellowship at the same time, it’s what we should do.”

A largely sneaker-clad crowd gathered for the dedication, which concluded with a ribbon-cutting and a walk along the path.

Allen, who was in the crowd, said she normally meets up with friends to walk and that keeps her motivated to rack up a half hour of physical activity each day. “We eat for 30 minutes and then we get up and we walk.”

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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