Program pushes downtown walking
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — From the hills of Northeast Mississippi to the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast, residents from across the state are invited to bring their most comfortable shoes and go walking.
Sponsored by the Main Street Mississippi Association (MSMA), the second annual "Let’s Go Walkin’ Down Main Street Mississippi" will be celebrated in 27 Magnolia State communities Oct. 31 in an effort to support healthier lives, as well as promote the economy in local downtown areas.
"The Mississippi Main Street Association is proud to partner with Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi for the second year as we work toward to goal of healthier communities," said Bob Wilson, executive director for MMSA. "Our downtown areas are essential for the overall wellness of our state’s towns and cities. We want to promote our local businesses and healthy lifestyles by walking."
Participating communities include Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Booneville, Carthage, Columbia, Columbus, Ecru, Greenwood, Hancock County, Hattiesburg, Holly Springs, Houston, Kosciusko, Laurel, Lexington, Magee, New Albany, Noxapater, Okalona, Philadelphia, Pontotoc, Port Gibson, Sherman, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, West Point, Woodland and Newton.
"These communities are taking steps to promote healthy lifestyles by hosting this event in their hometown," said John Sewell, director of corporate communications with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. "Walking is an excellent form of exercise, which promotes a healthy body and healthy mind in as little as 30 minutes a day."
According to MSMA officials, each community has organized its own event. A limited number of t-shirts bearing the event’s logo will be available to participants on a first come, first served basis.
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