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Durham’s First Healthy Mile Trail to be Unveiled Saturday Near NCCU

Partnership for a Healthy Durham, neighborhoods stepping up to improve health

Post Date:09/05/2012 12:00 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – Residents in Durham are putting their heart and soles into improving the community’s health with a little help from the Partnership for a Healthy Durham. An inaugural walk and kickoff celebration will be held on Saturday to celebrate Durham’s first Healthy Mile Trail in a neighborhood near Lincoln Community Health Center and North Carolina Central University.

While it’s recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, only about 43% of Durham County residents actually meet this guideline. To make it easier for residents to reach the 30 minutes a day goal, the Partnership for a Healthy Durham is teaming up with residents to stencil the “Healthy Mile Trail Durham” logo in permanent yellow paint on neighborhood sidewalks to create walking loops.

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham, with the assistance of the City of Durham’s Department of Transportation, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Women's Day Committee of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, has the goal of establishing three Healthy Mile Trails in Durham neighborhoods over the next year.

 

WHO:     
Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Lincoln Community Health Center, Community Members out to improve health and increase physical activity

WHAT:
Inaugural Healthy Mile Trail Walk and Celebration
• County and city officials, along with community members to make remarks.
• Public Health Director Gayle Harris will lead off the inaugural walk.
• Healthy snacks and refreshments to be available after walk.

WHEN:    
Saturday, September 8, 2012 
9:30am – 11:00am

In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.

WHERE:
Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

The Lincoln Healthy Mile Trail loop will begin in front of the Lincoln Community Health Center at the intersection of Massey Avenue and Merrick Street; follow Merrick Street south to Lawson Street, Lawson Street east to Lincoln Street, and Lincoln Street north to Massey Street, finishing in front of the health center. Quarter mile markers will also be stenciled along the route, which is a total of ¾ mile. A map of the route can be found at www.healthydurham.org.

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