Running from Addiction

1 decade 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, October 29 2007 Oct 29, 2007 Monday, October 29, 2007 5:49:03 PM CDT October 29, 2007 in News

Jim Linville doesn't smoke anymore, but he does run.

That wasn't always the case though. In fact, Linville had an early introduction to tobacco.

"Yeah, I was eight years old," said Linville. "Me and my best friend, we would pick up cigerette butts off the street and take them back in the alley and smoke them. So in a way, you could say I got addicited on second hand smoke."

The addiciton gripped him for nearly 40 years. During that time, Linville discovered a passion for running.

"After I got to three miles, I had so much lung pain I could hardly put a cigerette down. So I asked my doctor because, you know, I was seeing a doctor for my blood pressure and cholesterol, so I said 'what's up with this lung pain?' And he diagnosed me with emphysema," explained Linville.

That diagnosis finally got Linville to quit. He hoped to inspire others at the MU Employee Wellness Fair. He ran 20 miles on a treadmill.

Other perks to the health fair are flu shots, cholesterol screenings and even massages. The goal was to help improve employee performance.

"When you invest in people and their health and wellness, then morale improves, and it's a way of saying thank you to our employees and it's also a way of investing in our future," said Laura Schopp, Director of Healthy for Life.

To Linville, it's a running start towards healthy living.

The university plans to hold similar fairs this spring on the other three system campuses.

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