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Logan County students practice fitness with Walk Day

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[MAY 14, 2004]  In celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May, University of Illinois Extension in Logan County sponsored a Walk Day on May 3 for local elementary students. Children in county elementary schools were invited to participate by walking with their class at recess that day.

A total of 15 schools, 65 teachers and 1,150 students in Logan County schools participated in this Walk Day activity and walked a total of over 45 miles. The second-grade class at Mount Pulaski Elementary, taught by Keri Elliott, won a random drawing of those participating and was awarded a pizza party for her class.

Walking is the best way to start a new fitness program this spring because almost everyone can do it, it's free, and it's easy. Health experts tout physical fitness in general as having many benefits, including an association with a decreased risk of breast cancer, improved cardiovascular health, and lowered resting pulse rate and blood pressure.

Walk Day is an annual event sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on the first Monday of May. For further information about how to get involved next year, please contact Patty Huffer at the Logan County Extension office, 732-8289.

[News release by Patty Huffer,
Logan County Extension community worker]

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