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Mayor Battle Announces 100 Mile – 100 Day Walking Challenge

Published on August 25, 2016

It’s time to put on your walking shoes! Mayor Tommy Battle announced the start of the Healthy Huntsville 2016 Mayor’s 100 Mile – 100 Day Walking Challenge.  Beginning today, August 24, through December 1, Huntsvillians are encouraged to walk 100 miles. It’s easier than you think, and incorporating a one-mile walk into your daily routine can help you feel better and live longer.

“If you want to maintain your body’s flexibility and add years to your life, set aside 20 to 25 minutes for a daily walk,” said Mayor Battle. “This simple habit can be one of the most enjoyable parts of your day.”

Research shows that sitting for more than eight hours a day is associated with a 90 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes, along with increased risks of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Walking every day can make a difference.

“Walking is free and you don’t need any special equipment – just a good pair of comfortable shoes,” said Battle.

Walkers who track their mileage and complete or exceed the 100-mile challenge will be eligible for prizes and a t-shirt. To quality, register on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s WalkingWorks.com website from Aug. 24 – Oct. 31. Follow the Registration Instructions. 

Whether citizens walk on their own, in a, group, or join one of the many community walks, remember that every step counts. Best of all, improving the quality of our health, might lead to a happier, longer life.

For more Healthy Huntsville information and details on hosted walks with Mayor Battle, check out the Healthy Huntsville Facebook page facebook.com/healthyhuntsville.

The Healthy Huntsville Initiative is a community wellness partnership sponsored by the City of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, HudsonAlpha, Huntsville City Schools, and the Madison County Public Health Department.