Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 31, 2012

3rd annual Walks-A-Lot program kicks off June 9

CROSSVILLE — The third annual Cumberland County Walks-A-Lot program kick-off will be Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the Crossville Centennial Park at 837 Industrial Blvd. The event will begin with a live music, food, registration and a rally  followed by a walk around the walking trail.

Walks-A-Lot is a summer long program designed to encourage and support participants through the process of making healthy lifestyle changes. The program is free and everyone is invited to attend.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to take advantage of the support and accountability that this program offers in order to make changes in their lives and improve their overall health,” said Ruth Lucas, health educator with the Cumberland County Health Department.

The kick-off rally will be an exciting community event with cash prizes, food and fun. The program’s intent is to encourage residents of Cumberland County to become more physically active. All Walks-A-Lot participants will receive prizes for attending the kick-off, as well as free exercise logs to keep track of their physical activity.

Crossville Walgreens will be assisting with the program registration and giving free pedometers to participants as they sign up. Pedometers can be used with your computer to track amount of walking, with incentives awarded through out the program. Official scales will be available for participants who wish to weigh to track any weight loss during this program. The same scales will be available on Oct. 20, at the program finale.

The Walks-A-Lot program will continue until Oct. 20. All participants completing the program will be eligible for prizes such as gift certificates, walking shoes, free gas, oil changes and more. In order to be eligible to win prizes, participants are to, of course (1) attend the kick off, (2) get active, (3) keep up with the amount of physical activity during the 19-week program and (4) report back on Oct. 20.

Everyone will receive free exercise logs at the kick-off to help keep track of all physical activity during the program. Participants will need to turn their logs back in at the Cumberland County Health Department throughout the program, at the designated time marked on their log, to be eligible for the week’s drawing for a new pair of walking shoes  from Crossville Kmart.

The finale on Oct. 20 will begin at 10 a.m.,  with a gathering at the shelter beside the upper tennis courts at Cumberland Mountain State Park, a final walk and grand prize awards. A $100 grand prize will be awarded to the participant with the most activity and a $100 grand prize will be drawn from participants. Other prizes will also be awarded at the end of the program.

Many other prizes will also be awarded at the end of the program, provided by Crossville Kmart, United Grocery Outlet, Shadden Tire Company, East Tennessee Dodge, Shoe Sensation, CMC Wellness Complex and VF Factory Outlet Store. They include gift certificates from VF Outlet Store, fitness shoes from Shoe Sensation, oil changes from Shadden Tire and East Tennessee Dodge and more.

For more information call Lucas at 707-2554 or Melissa at Crossville Kmart 484-3516.

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