A new life: Walk ND participant has lost 100 pounds

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Mick Vignati

“Walk ND actually changed my life,” says Mick Vignati, custodial supervisor and an avid participant in Walk ND. Vignati has lost more than 100 pounds, just from walking. Thanks to Walk ND, he says, “It’s like having a whole new life.”

Walk ND, the University’s official walking club, is a collaboration between RecSports and the Office of Human Resources. The program is free and open to the entire campus community.

To join Walk ND, register online via RecRegister at recsports.nd.edu. New members will receive a free pedometer, logbook and map of campus walking routes. Keep track of your steps and look forward to the weekly emails, giveaways, fitness tips and challenges. Learn more at blogs.nd.edu/walknd.

Vignati is currently participating in the Route 66 Challenge, which started in mid-February. It’s a team challenge that asks each member to walk roughly 10,000 steps per day for 98 days. This virtual walk takes Walk ND from Chicago to Los Angeles along the famous Route 66 highway—a total of 2,450 miles and 4,900,000 steps.

Teams track their steps and publish their updates each week while Walk ND blogs each team’s progress across a map of the United States. Prizes will be awarded throughout the challenge, and every team that completes Route 66 before Memorial Day will be entered to win a grand-prize raffle—a $100 gift certificate to Metro Run & Walk.

The Route 66 Challenge appealed to Vignati, since the highway goes right through his home city of St. Louis, Missouri. He likes to take a daily walk around the lakes after work, and sometimes persuades coworkers to join him. Walking, he says, is a great way to get people up and moving. “Not everyone can run, but almost everybody can walk.”