Jennifer Greene, P.T., D.P.T., a UF Health Rehab Services inpatient physical therapist who splits her time between UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals, wanted to find a creative way to add more exercise to her day while avoiding parking challenges.
While watching her kids play with their scooters, Greene decided that using the same type of lightweight scooter could make her commute to and from work more rewarding.
“I longed for a different solution that didn’t include a 15-minute hike to work after sitting in traffic, and I was too impatient to take the shuttle,” Greene said. “At the end of my work day, I was walking or running to my car to make sure I was on time to pick up my kids. With it being so hot outside, I would be sweating and exhausted and it was really wearing on me.”
Greene has been using her $75 compact scooter to commute from her parking spot in Garage IX/9 down Archer Road to the hospitals for about two years. The scooter allows Greene to save time and money while getting some exercise.
“She came up with a positive solution that is creative, inexpensive and promotes activity, which we as therapists promote for others and ourselves,” said Michelle Musalo, P.T., UF Health Rehab Services manager.
Greene encourages other employees to try scooting as a form of transportation.
“It works for me. Once I got the hang of it and got over the embarrassment of what people might think, I started to really enjoy it,” she said. “It used to take me at least 10 minutes to walk to my department at the main hospital and 15 minutes to walk to my department at the heart and neuro hospitals. When I scoot, it takes me less than 5 minutes, so it really saves me time.”