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Iowa stresses health Oct. 9

By Xiomara Levsen | Oct 01, 2013
Last year the students in the Washington School District participated in the Healthiest State Initiative walk. Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said that he believes the students will participate again this year.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, will mark the third year for the Healthiest State Walk around the square in Washington.
Erin Rugg, who is co-chair of the Healthiest State Initiative with Eddie Nebel, said she would like to see an increase in this year’s participation.
“I would like to see downtown around the square anywhere from 125 to 150,” said Healthiest State co-chair Erin Rugg. “I think we were at 115 last year.”
People can come anytime between 12 and 1 p.m. to walk around the square, Rugg said.
“We encourage people to walk anytime between then,” Rugg said. “They do not have to walk the entire hour.”
The goal is to have everyone walk a 1K, which is 0.62 miles, Rugg said.
“That’s 7.5 city blocks or a 12-minute stroll for the average walker,” Rugg said.  
This event is promoted by the Washington County Obesity Task Force and is a way to get people to live more active lives, Rugg said.
The walk hasn’t always been held around the square, Rugg said.
“We used to have the walk at Sunset Park,” she said. “Now we have it in the square because it gets more people who actually work in the square involved in it, which is good.”
People can sign up online at the Healthiest State Initiative Web site and pledge to participate, Rugg said. Or they can show up the day of the walk.
Washington isn’t the only city having a walk downtown on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Wellman will have its walk downtown from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Kalona will have its walk beginning at noon at the Kalona Public Library.
According to the Healthiest State Initiative’s Web site, in 2011 and 2012 over 300,000 people participated in the Healthiest State Walk.

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