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Cherokee's 'Start Somewhere' walks scheduled for October 7

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Even the greatest journeys start with a single step. In our quest to make Iowa the healthiest state, all Iowans are being invited to take our first strides together at noon on Friday, October 7 in statewide Start Somewhere Walks.

In Cherokee, organized walks will begin in several locations, and will all end at Fareway to show a unified community effort. Following are the walks being held in Cherokee on October 7:

* Depot to Fareway

* Hy-Vee Pharmacy to Fareway

* Hy-Vee Drugstore to Fareway

* CRMC Wellness Center to Fareway

* Bacon Aquatic Center to Fareway

At the end of the walk, participants will receive an apple, bottle of water and additional information on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

In case of inclement weather, all walks will be held inside the CRMC Wellness Center and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Individuals who prefer not to walk outside are welcome to walk inside the CRMC Wellness Center or Western Iowa Tech Community College on October 7.

*HOW CAN I GET STARTED?

First, everyone who participates is asked to Pledge on the Healthiest State Initiative Website. You can also stop by the CRMC Wellness Center and pledge there. If your employees want to pledge, they can visit the website, or you can print out the Healthiest State Pledge Form and have your employees write their information there. The Pledge Form can be returned to the Chamber of Commerce or CRMC Wellness Center and we will take care of entering the information from there.

Then, pick the starting location that works best for you and join us at noon on Friday, October 7 for a walk over your lunch. If you can't get to one of the designated walks, that is ok - just get out and walk wherever you can.

*WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Governor Branstad has challenged Iowa to become the healthiest state in the nation. The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness. To achieve our goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector will unite in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.

*HOW DOES THIS BENIFIT MY BUSINESS?

As an employer, it is in your best interest to have employees who are healthy:

Healthy employees means fewer sick days;

Healthy employees are more productive at work and perform their job duties better;

Healthy employees can help your business control health care expenses;

Chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, hypertension

and osteoarthritis can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle;

Employees who excercise regurally, eat a balanced diet, do not smoke and limit alcohol consumption will live a healthier life;

Healthy employees make happy employees.

*HOW CAN MY BUSINESS SHOW SUPPORT?

Hang a poster promoting the event in your business or store window. 8 1/2 x 11" posters are available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Encourage your employees to walk over their lunch on Friday, October 7.

Help us get your employees to pledge to walk and support the initiative. You can lead by example by walking yourself!

*WHAT HAPPENS AFTER OCTOBER 7?

There will continue to be opportunities in the community to promote healthy lifestyles.

The CRMC Physical Medicine and Rehab Dept. is Holding a 5K Fun Run/ Walk, 1K Tot Trot and a 1K Mutt Strut on Saturday, October 22. This should be a great event in Cherokee. More information will be coming out soon.

The State of Iowa will be selecting 10 communities to be a part of the Blue Zones Project. Cherokee hopes to be one of these 10 communitites which will add additional resources to promote healthy lifestyles. To help our chances of beig selected, we would appreciate if you could show your support for Cherokee to become a Blue Zone Community by pledging on-line. Please note the Blue Zone pledge is different from the pledge for the walk.

Last week, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Healthways announced an incredible opportunity to bring health, happiness and longevity to Iowa communities through the Blue Zones Project. As a result of that announcement you probably have questions. So how do you get answers?

Over the next couple of weeks, there are multiple opportunities available for you to learn more about the Blue Zones Project application process and what your town might experience as a Blue Zones demonstration site. If you are interested in turning your town into a Blue Zones community, below are details for an upcoming webinar as well as the Blue Zones Project Road Show coming to a town near you.

*October 10 -- October 12

Attend the nearest Road Show: This is your chance to hear directly from the experts and get your questions answered in person. You will meet best-selling author Dan Buettner and learn how to apply the lessons from the "Blue Zones, Lessons of Living Longer from the People Who Have Lived the Longest" to your community. This is the perfect opportunity for you to bring a team of leaders from your community so that each of you has the same knowledge base.

Storm Lake--Monday, October 10, 3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

Buena Vista University, Anderson Auditorium

610 W. Fourth Street

Storm Lake, IA 50588



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