“The Start Somewhere Walk is the kick-off of the five-year Healthiest State Initiative,” said Linda Rosenberger, Tama County Public Health Director. “By itself, a one-kilometer walk is not enough to change the health of the state, of course. But it’s a symbolic first step on our path to becoming the healthiest state.”
Statewide, coordinators hope to set a new world record for the number of people walking one kilometer simultaneously in an organized event. A kilometer is about 7.5 city blocks and a 12-minute stroll for the average walker. The location you start from doesn’t matter, it can be from wherever you happen to be at the time.
The Healthiest State Initiative, announced by Gov. Terry Branstad in early August, will assist Iowans in learning about and applying proven methods to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. “We control more than 70 percent of the factors that influence our health. It is within our power to make a positive difference in our lives,” states Branstad. Branstad also noted that addressing comprehensive lifestyle changes could allow the State to redirect as much as $16 billion over the next five years to grow the state economy [versus being consumed by health care ($11 billion) and lost productivity ($5 billion)]. The success of this initiative is critical to the economic viability of the State and translates to a healthier Iowa and better quality of life for all its residents.
Fact BoxCity of Toledo Walk
City of Toledo Walk is set for noon on Friday Oct. 7.
Join city officials and others at the Trail head at the Toledo City Park on West Ross Street..
A limited number of T-shirts will be available at the beginning of the walk courtesy of Fareway and Hy-Vee groceries.
At the Healthy Lifestyles Center (formerly Senior Center) on the lower level of the Toledo Community?Building, a walk inside will also begin at noon. People are also invited to join in this activity.