MOUNT VERNON — Since April, the Knox County Health Department has been hosting a monthly wellness walk at a different trail in the Knox County Park District. Aptly named ‘Get Your Tail to the Trail,’ the monthly walks are held to encourage local residents to exercise and showcase the different walking trails in the county. This Saturday marks the last walk of the year. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the main entrance of the Kokosing Gap Trail, off of Mount Vernon Ave.
There is no cost to take part in the walk and pre-registration is not necessary. The wellness walks are led by members of the health department staff. “Basically, you just need to come prepared to walk,” said Health Commissioner Julie Miller. “You can walk at your own pace and whatever distance you want to.” The first 50 people to participate in Saturday’s walk will receive a plastic water bottle especially designed for the Get Your Tail to the Trail walks.
“Walking is one of the best activities you can do to be healthy,” said Miller. “The benefits are endless: Walking lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. It can lower blood pressure; reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes; help manage weight; and improve your mood. And it doesn’t cost anything.”
The health department plans to host the monthly walks again next year beginning in the spring. For more information, call the health department at 399-8002.
Published on November 1, 2012