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Dekalb Walks….For The Health Of It

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Fitness is the art of strengthening and toning the heart, mind, body, and spirit, and no one is more committed to this cause than Commissioner Larry Johnson in Dekalb County.

On May 24, 2006, walking was declared the official exercise of Dekalb County by the Commissioner. This declaration was designed to establish solid walking clubs, and to encourage health, wellness, fitness, and weight loss within a spirit of safety and community.

Obesity in America, and among young children, has become an issue of serious concern among health officials nationwide. The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has also been very instrumental in highlighting the importance of establishing healthy eating habits in conjunction with exercise through her initiative, Let’s Move.

There used to be a time when children weren’t sedentary. They didn’t have to be forced to go outside, run relay races, play kickball, hop scotch, climb trees, make mud pies, play hide and go seek, jump rope, and chase lightning bugs at dusk. Now, in this age of technology and instant gratification, all these kids seem to want to do is stay cooped up in the house like caged birds playing mind-numbing video games, and starring into the abyss of cable television. Our parents set the example for our children, and it’s time to move.

Most experts agree that people who walk at least 30 minutes a day experience tremendous health benefits – lowered blood pressure, improved disposition, slimmer waistlines, and reduced risks associated with diabetes.

So step up to shape up into a new destiny at Dekalb Walks…For the Health Of It on Saturday, September 10, 2011. To pre-register, call 404-371-2425. Otherwise, registration is at 8:30 am at the starting point, Murphey-Candler Elementary, located at 6775 S. Goddard Road, Lithonia, GA 30058. Participants will enjoy a 4-mile walk through the serene, picturesque, nature preserve, Arabia Mountain.

If you are new to walking as exercise, check out this link to The Mayo Clinic, which has some useful tips on preparation and safety.

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