Thursday, November 6, 2008
‘Let’s Go Walking’ Saturday
The Holly Springs Main Street Association is joining “Let’s Go Walking Mississippi” Saturday, Nov. 8, as part of the first statewide event in 50 communities, according to Clencie Cotton.
“We are going to be doing our walk in combination with the Rust College Founders Parade,” said Cotton, Holly Springs Main Street representative. “The walk will start at the M.I. College property and join the parade at Rust Avenue. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and the walkers will assemble at M.I. College campus at 9:30 a.m. We hope to have the T-shirts this week to pass out to interested walkers.”
Those interested in a T-shirt should call Cotton at 662-252-4590. AmeriCorp volunteers are set to participate in the walk, he said.
Mississippi Main Street is hosting the walk to promote healthy lifestyles and to show people how simple it is to go walking in their own communities, said John Sewell, spokesperson for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, which created the “Let’s Go Walking Mississippi” program.
“The purpose of this collaborative program is to promote quality of life in our downtown communities in Mississippi,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Mississippi Main Street Association. “The health and wellness of those who work, play, shop and live in downtown are crucial to our downtown revitalization efforts. Healthy employees mean healthy businesses, and healthy citizens mean healthy communities. The life of our downtowns depends on the lives of those who dwell there.”
Sewell said the day is also about leadership and energy in communities around the state.
“And it shows how Mississippians are focusing on creating healthier lifestyles. Just 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week, can improve health tremendously,” Sewell said.
The motto for the event is “One Day, 50 Towns, One Goal.”
The first 50 people who sign up will get free commemorative T-shirts. Walking routes will be a mile or less.
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