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240 People Walking Their Way to Better Health 

More than 240 people in 15 workplaces in Boyd and Greenup counties are walking their way to healthier lives during Working on Wellness. The fall wellness challenge is sponsored by The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition through its ACHIEVE initiative.  

Twenty-nine teams are walking – on the map at least – from Winston-Salem, N.C., to Lebanon, Kan., a trip of about 1,200 miles. 

Participating workplaces include Ashland Community and Technical College; Ashland-Boyd County Health Department; Boyd County Public Library; Campbell Elementary (Raceland Schools); Federal Correctional Institution-Ashland; FIVCO ADD Office; McKell Elementary (Greenup Schools); Necco, Inc.; Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Raceland-Worthington Schools Central Office; South Ashland Family Resource Center; Worthington Elementary; Wurtland Elementary (Greenup); and Wurtland Middle School (Greenup). 

Participants will check in at specific towns, eat healthier, learn about nutrition, strive to achieve or maintain a healthy weight and improve overall health during their journey, all of which earn them points on their way. 

The 10-week challenge began Aug. 27 with free wellness screenings – height, weight, body mass index, total cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Participants will be screened again at the end of the journey, which will help them measure their results. 

The coalition also is encouraging employers to adopt policies to support healthier workplaces. Changes that support physical activity, good nutrition and tobacco-free workplaces earn the teams extra points. 

The winning team will receive a gift basket of fitness items; individual one-month memberships to the Ashland Area YMCA; and a cooking class. The challenge’s sponsors – Kentucky Heart Foundation, Ashland Y, King’s Daughters Medical Center and the Boyd County Cooperative Extension Service – are providing the prizes. 

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition is planning a second wellness challenge in early 2013; for more information, call Laura Patrick at (606) 324-1544. The coalition includes more than 75 people from 27 organizations who are committed to helping Boyd and Greenup counties become healthier places to live. 

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