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Gainesville stepping into good health

POSTED: March 26, 2014 11:39 p.m.

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

The initiative is designed to get the community together to exercise and socialize to benefit health.

Gainesville teamed with Newtown Florist Club, Gainesville Parks and Recreation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and Brenau University for the locations of the walks, which include Rock Creek Greenway, Midtown Greenway, Riverside Drive, the Brenau University Mile and the Fair Street neighborhood.

The idea for the series comes from Charlene Williams, vice president of the Newtown Florist Club and principal of Centennial Elementary School.

“I think the community will benefit by making walking or running a part of their daily family routines,” she said. “Walking is also a great way to get to know your neighbors and community members. Walking is free, and it’s healthy and fun for the entire family.”

Julie Colombini, Gainesville Parks and Recreation marketing manager, also touted the advantages of walking,

“The benefits of walking on a person’s health are clear and evident, not to mention it is one of the most accessible ways to lead a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Catiel Felts, director of communications and tourism for the city, said she hoped the weather would allow people to make walking a habit and start seeing results.

“Perhaps someone who could only walk to the corner will now be able to walk an entire block or further,” she said.

Gainesville officials encouraged residents to bring family and friends.

“When you have someone depending on you to show up, you are more likely to do it,” Felts said.

The first walk will begin at Fair Street School at 6 p.m. Monday, and the first 50 walkers to arrive will receive a backpack with healthy items inside.


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