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Walk to School Day promotes exercise, healthy living

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How many of your children walked to school today? How many of you walked to school with your son or daughter? Organ-ized by the Partner-ship for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the United States began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.

In 2000, the event became international when the United Kingdom and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the United States joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.

Growing interest in participation all over the world led the International Walk to School Committee to shifting its promotion to “International Walk to School Month” for the entire month of October.

In the United States and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation - each October.

Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.

Let’s promote walking to school throughout this month of October.

Series focused on health

Have you gained extra weight this summer? Would you like to get some extra pounds off now before the holidays and those long winter months, when you gain more weight? If so, consider joining our special “Healthy Weight, Mind and Activity” series to learn healthy ways to maintain your weight and  be healthier in mind and body. 

We offer this series based on the Weight the Reality Series on Wednesdays, from 4:30-6 p.m. from Oct. 10 through Nov. 28 at the Carroll County Extension office. Teaching with me is Becky Wilson, RN, with Three Rivers District Health Department.

This is an interactive program in which participants set their own personal goals and work together supporting each other in achieving those goals.

We provide a short educational segment, easy healthy recipes, and some healthy, physical activity techniques in addition to learning how your emotional and mental condition can affect achievement of any goal.

Group support and sharing is an important part of the program.

For those who have attended Weight the Reality Series before, there will be new topics this cycle. Cost is $10 for the entire series. Please call the Carroll County Extension office at 502-732-7030 to pre-register to attend.

Tobacco Festival booth

We are proud of the local foods now grown and sold in Kentucky.

Even though this year’s growing season is about over, that locally grown food sure tasted good this summer. Many of you have preserved some of that fresh summer bounty for good eating enjoyment later this coming winter.

I will have a Plate it Up! Kentucky Proud, display this coming Friday evening and Saturday at the tobacco festival. This is a joint effort of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program.

Please stop by my table for some tasty recipes and good information about our wonderful Kentucky fruits and vegetables.

Eating more fruits and vegetables is important – to better health. 

 

Dates of interest

Oct. 5-6:Plate it Up Kentucky Proud display, Carroll County Tobacco Festival, recipes, by your Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service.

Oct. 10-Nov. 28:Healthy Weight, Mind and Body Series, 4:30-6 p.m. Carroll County Extension Office

Oct. 23: “Beans, Beans, Beans” program, 1:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.