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FOR RELEASE: September 25, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams

Media Advisory

What: Walk for Health featuring what organizers hope will be 100,000 Oklahomans, walking to improve their health in communities throughout the state.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Oklahoma City walk will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Oklahoma City walk will be in downtown Oklahoma City, beginning at the Renaissance Hotel and continuing one mile to the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Walkers can continue through historic Heritage Hills and return to the hotel for a total of 4.2 miles (maps provided).

Why: Over the past decade, Oklahomans have exercised much less than the rest of the nation, even though programs to enhance physical activity have been proven to be effective in helping reduce obesity and its contribution to heart disease, stroke and arteriosclerosis. To focus attention on committing to a new lifestyle that features exercise, Commissioner of Health Dr. Leslie Beitsch will lead walkers in the Oklahoma City walk.  Communities throughout the state are being encouraged to host similar events to get Oklahomans walking for health, with a goal of 100,000 Oklahomans participating on Oct. 2.  For more information on the Walk for Health event and to register your community for the walk, log onto www.otpc.org, or call Carol Bush at 918/486-2845 or Larry Olmstead at 405/271-6127.

Oct. 2 is also Walk to School Day. Stand Watie Elementary School in Oklahoma City and Country Estates Elementary School in the Mid-Del School District are two schools participating in this event in the metro area. For more information on this event, contact the School Health Program at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 405/271-4471, or check out the Walk to School Day Web site at www.walktoschool.org.


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