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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Program encourages people to walk more

  • An area-wide program called Walk MO Trails aimed at getting people more active and living a healthier lifestyle is looking for people who want to step up to the challenge of walking more each day.
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  • How many steps do you take each day?
    Do you think you could take 10,000 steps every day, or what amounts to about five miles?
    An area-wide program called Walk MO Trails aimed at getting people more active and living a healthier lifestyle is looking for people who want to step up to the challenge of walking more each day.
    The 10-week program is set to start today and run through Saturday, Nov. 3.
    Brewer Science, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), Rolla Parks and Recreation, Salem Fitness Center and Fit Helps are participating, but the event is open to anybody. The goal of organizers is to get 1,000 people to participate.
    Jeff Brown, a trainer at The Centre in Rolla, said Fit Helps came up with the idea and asked The Centre to help.
    Brown said as of Thursday, he has signed up about 23 people, with a lot of them being city employees along with their families and friends. However, anybody in this area can sign up.
    “We’re looking for anybody who wants to get more active in their life,” Brown said.
    The goal of each participant, Brown explained, is to walk 10,000 steps per day for 10 weeks.
    Participants will keep track of their daily steps or miles in a log and can submit them to Brown each week. Brown said pedometers and T-shirts will be given out to participants.
    According to Brown, there will be weekly participation incentives and the overall winner will get a grand prize provided by Fit Helps.
    Additionally, “I will be sending out weekly emails providing info on various trails throughout the state, and healthy living tips,” Brown said, noting that in the Ozarks region, there about 35 trails totaling 450 miles.
    Brown, a 2009 graduate of Rolla High School, said he loves playing sports and staying in shape, noting that he played four years of baseball and one year of basketball at RHS.
    The PCRMC will hold a kickoff for its participation Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. at the east entrance of the medical center. Brown noted that even if people can’t make the Sept. 4 start date, they can still join at any time during the 10 weeks.
    For more information or to sign up, email Brown at jbrown@rollacity.org
    Members of the Walk MO Trails steering committee include Scott Caron, of Rolla Parks and Recreation; Denise Gum, of Brewer Science; Carolyn Tilford and Hailey Kramer, both of PCRMC; Susie Cahill, of Salem Fitness Center; Bruce Wade, of Fit Helps.
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