The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

April 25, 2013

Take steps to be healthy

DANVILLE — Two Vermilion County organizations want us to take a hike — or at least a walk — as they sponsor Let’s Walk Vermilion County on May 11.

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s HALO Project and the Vermilion County Health Department will join forces to encourage county residents to get out and start walking. Vermilion Advantage at the University of Illinois College of Nursing also will help.

According to Jenny Trimmell, director of community health services for the county health department, surveys show as much as one-third of the county’s population can be classified as obese.

Danville walkers will gather at the southwest corner of Lincoln Park. Others communities and their starting points are: Bismarck, in front of the junior high; Fairmount, at the village hall; Fithian, at North Grove and West Donald streets; Oakwood, in the park west of Longstreth Street; Potomac, at the village hall; Ridge Farm, at the village hall; Sidell at the northeast corner of Market and Gray streets; and Westville, at the southwest corner of Zamberletti Park. All will start at 9 a.m. on May 11.

No registration is required. The event is free. People can just show up that morning, rain or shine, and walk with their neighbors.

Kathy Richard, HALO’s director, points out that walking just 30 minutes a day on most days of the week will improve a person’s health.

So take a big step — literally and figuratively — on May 11 to help make Vermilion County a healthier place.

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