The Summit County Council proclaimed Wednesday, April 2, as National Walking Day in Summit County. This was done in cooperation with Marc Watterson, Government Affairs Director for the American Heart Association, and Wanship resident.

Although the April 2 council meeting has been cancelled, council members instead are hosting two walks that day, one at noon at the Courthouse in Coalville and a second at 4:30 p.m. starting at the Justice Center. The community is invited to join the county officials for a little fresh air and camaraderie.

According to a portion of the county's official resolution:

Whereas, today about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963, and childhood obesity is now the top health concern among parents in the United States; and

Whereas, regular physical activity can reduce cardiovascular disease risk and may increase life expectancy, but 50 percent of adults and 62 percent of children do not engage in daily vigorous physical activity; and

Whereas, regular walking has many proven benefits for an individual's overall health. Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help lower blood pressure, increase HDL "good" cholesterol in the blood, control weight and control blood sugar through improved use of insulin in the body.


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All of these changes help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke;

Now, Therefore, be it resolved that the Summit County Council in conjunction with the American Heart Association, recognizing the importance of regular physical activity, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2014 as "National Walking Day" in Summit County and urge all citizens to show their support for walking and the fight against heart disease and commemorate this day by taking time to walk.

- Nan Chalet Noaker