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Guest Report - Can Door County Walk the Walk?

Concerned with the health and well-being of everyone in Door County, the Door County YMCA applied for, and received, one of eight grants nationwide through America Walks, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to bring America Walks to Sturgeon Bay on May 30, 2013 at the Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay. The First Lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker, will deliver the opening remarks. Mrs. Walker is well known for her “Walk with Walker” initiative around the state. The Governor and First Lady have proclaimed 2013 the year of Health and Wellness in Wisconsin.

Building on their proclamation, the purpose of the workshop on May 30 is to enhance individual and community-based efforts to increase walking and walkability in Door County. Topics will include: addressing safe routes to schools, exploring specific walking strategies that our community can immediately embrace to improve overall public health, transportation and livability of our county, encourage walking as a part of workplace wellness, and encouraging visitors and residents alike to get out and explore our beautiful and historic county. Following the First Lady’s opening remarks, we will hear from four other panelists, and will come together to create an action plan to make Door County more walkable.

“This is truly a collaborative effort and we need everyone and anyone in the community who is concerned about well-being to join us on May 30 including parents, retirees and public officials,” says Cindy Weber, Vice President of Mission Development at the Door County YMCA. “We are blessed to have the involvement of Ministry Door County Medical Center, Door County Visitor Bureau, City of Sturgeon Bay, Crossroads at Big Creek, Healthy Door County 2020, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, County of Door and many individuals step up to help us with the planning, but progress will happen only if people come to the workshop, learn from the national experts, share what is already happening in our county and bring your knowledge to make plans for what can happen in the future!”

The workshop will begin at 9:00 AM, with registration at 8:30, and will run until 2:30 PM. A free lunch will be provided. Individuals who cannot attend the whole day are welcome to join us for whatever time periods they are able to be there; however we encourage all to try to attend all day, to strengthen our collaboration. To register, sign up at the Door County YMCA by calling 920-743-4949. We look forward to seeing you there.


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