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Date:
October 5, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bill Kostner, Risk Manager, 441-6009
Charlotte Burke, Health Department, 441-8323

Mayor Promotes Walking For Better Health

Mayor Chris Beutler will kick off the "Lincoln's Walking!" wellness initiative for City employees at noon Tuesday, October 6 at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. After brief remarks, the Mayor will join City employees in walking to and from the State Capitol. A second group of walkers will leave at the same time from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" Street.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise, and fall is a great time to go walking," Mayor Beutler said. "By encouraging City employees to get out and walk, we hope to inspire other employers and employees in the community to join in and make walking part of a healthier lifestyle.

City employees who commit to walking at least 100,000 steps between October 6 and November 3 will receive a free Accusplit Eagle 1120 pedometer to track their steps. Waiver and registration forms and an activity record are available on the City Web site. Employees who submit a completed record to the City Risk Management Division by November 15 are eligible for prizes.

Health officials say those with concerns about starting an exercise program should check with their physicians. Information on starting a walking program is available at the American Heart Association Web site at www.startwalkingnow.org/home.jsp.

"Lincoln's Walking!" is being organized by the City Wellness Committee. Those with questions can contact Risk Management at 441-7671 or risk@lincoln.ne.gov.

The City of Lincoln has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a gold level, fit friendly company, supportive of good health.


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