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October 01. 2013 9:51PM

Nashua mayor invites city to go for a walk

NASHUA — As the city continues implementing its Community Health Improvement Plan, families are invited this weekend to get outdoors, do something active and even take a walk with the mayor.

Nashua’s first Walk A Mile With Our Mayor event will take place on Saturday, when Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will welcome an estimated 300 people to join her for a stroll along the Heritage Rail Trail.

In an effort to combat obesity and promote active living and healthy eating, the focus of Saturday’s event is really designed to get people thinking about their lifestyle choices, according to Kerran Vigroux, director of Public Health and Community Services for Nashua.

The family-oriented event will kick off at Nashua City Hall with opening remarks from Lozeau at 11:45 a.m., followed by the one-mile walk at noon. Participants will travel from City Hall, down the Heritage Rail Trail and convene at Veterans Memorial Park where a variety of activities will take place.

“We have a lot of great partners helping us out with this, and over 40 organizations participating,” said Vigroux. “We will have a lot of healthy snacks on hand, and it will be a fun experience to promote the positive and great things about the city.”

Lozeau is expected to mingle with participants while meeting up with various groups along the trail, including representatives from Positive Street Art, Gate City Community Gardens and the Police Athletic League.

“The group will just keep getting bigger and bigger,” said Vigroux.

Once at Veterans Memorial Park, several activities and exhibits will be taking place, according to Vigroux, adding outdoor Zumba classes, senior aerobics sessions, a children’s obstacle course and parachute games will be available.

Information on healthy cooking, exercise tips, walking clubs and nutritional guidelines will be distributed, and free drawings and giveaways will also be on hand.

For the first time, Healthy Hero Awards will also be handed out to some deserving individuals, Vigroux said.

“I invite all members of the community to join me for a walk along the Rail Trail and enjoy fun activities with friends and neighbors while learning the benefits of healthy eating and living an active life,” Lozeau said in a statement.
Free parking is available at the Elm Street parking garage, and free shuttle rides will be provided back to the garage following the walk. If there is rain, outdoor activities will be held inside of the Boys and Girls Club.
Vigroux is optimistic that Saturday’s walk with the mayor will be a success, and that future walks will be planned showcasing other areas of the city where outdoor recreational opportunities are freely available to the community.
khoughton@newstote.com


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