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April 3, 2003

Walking "bus" welcomes "riders"

With the return of more pleasant weather, Deborah Aaron, Pitt assistant professor of health, physical and recreation education and epidemiology, is getting the “Walking Health Bus” back on the streets of Oakland.

Aaron’s “walking bus” uses foot power to propel walkers on a route around campus and through Schenley Park. The “bus” leaves Trees Hall at noon with several walkers and picks up additional people at Salk Hall, the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and Posvar Hall, before making the 30-minute loop through the park and back to campus. Depending on where a walker starts, the trip takes 30 to 60 minutes.

“The Walking Health Bus is a no-hassle way to take a break from your day, get out of your office and increase your physical activity,” said Aaron.

Last year, there were about 15 regular walkers with more than 30 people participating on some days. After the Posvar Hall pick up, walkers go at their own pace as they travel through the park.

The Walking Health Bus runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as follows:

Noon: Trees Hall; 12:02 p.m.: Salk Hall – Darragh Street entrance; 12:11 p.m.: GSPH – DeSoto Street entrance; 12:16 p.m.: Posvar Hall – Bouquet Street entrance; 12:18 p.m.: 30-minute loop through Schenley Park.

For more information, call Aaron at 412/648-8272, or send an e-mail to

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