Photo by Laurie Chapman
Walkers enjoy a sunny day to get out for some exercise.
As of Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).
On April 1, the first walk will take place at the Mouth of Grave’s Creek on the Salmon River. All walks will start at 9 a.m., registration to begin at 8:30 a.m. The remaining walks will take place every Saturday morning until our final walk on May20. The only week a walk will not be held during that timeframe will be on April 15. April 8 will be in Ferdinand, the 22nd will be a tour of Greencreek, the 29th will be at the grounds of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, May 6 will be in Keuterville, starting off from the Pub and Grub, and May 13 will be in Cottonwood , with the assistance of the Cottonwood Cross Country Team, with the final walk take place on May 20th at Cottonwood Butte.
For each walk attended the participant can put in a ticket to win a Fitbit Charge 2 on the day of the final walk. Drawing results will be final. There is no charge to participate in the walks; bring walking shoes, a sunhat, and a desire to get out and move. Onsite at each walk the Cottonwood CRV (Community Response Vehicle) will be there for safety and support. A free health screening will also be available for health screenings for chronic disease, performed by the Partnership for Healthy Communities.
The walks are put on through a collaboration of Clearwater Human Needs Council, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Grangeville Human Needs Council, Idaho North Central Public Health District, Nimiipuu Health, Snake River Community Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, and Syringa Hospital and Clinics.