By Kyle Lovern

April 13, 2014

Submitted Article

The Coalition will be touring Mingo County during their Program Registration Week on April 14th-17th. Touring throughout Williamson, Delbarton, Matewan, Lenore, Kermit, Delbarton, and Gilbert the diabetes coalition encourages you to register at these locations. As encouragement to participate, many can win a FREE pedometer in the Facebook pedometer giveaway. Enter on Facebook and like the status concerning the FREE Pedometer Giveaway to automatically win a free Omron Pedometer that can only be picked up at the specific locations below:

Monday April 14th 11 am – 2 pm at the Southern WV Community Technical College (SWVCTC) lobby during the Blood Drive in Williamson and 4 pm –5 pm at the Matewan Depot Replica and Museum

Tuesday April 15th 3 pm – 4 pm at the SWVCTC

Wednesday April 16th 11 am – 12 pm at the Able Families in Kermit

Thursday April 17th 12 pm – 1 pm at the Larry Joe Harless Center in Gilbert

Take charge of your health by joining the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition’s initiative to get Mingo County living and active lifestyle, and one way they suggest is to simply start walking. Research has proven that being physically active is one way to prevent development of diabetes. Walking is not only good for your health, but it is fun and easy. By fitting a brisk walk into your day on a regular basis, you can: *Decrease the risk of a heart attack or Diabetes, *Control weight, *Improve muscle tone, and *Reduce stress

There are many ways for Mingo County and the Tug Valley area residents to get physically active in the community:

* The Williamson Urban Walking Trails

* The Lunch Walk Challenge

* Walk With Ease

The Williamson Urban Walking Trails: Year Round-

Having recently posted Walking Trail Signs throughout Williamson and South Williamson, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition encourages participants to walk the local urban trails of Williamson. “We will have walking trail signs posted at in Downtown Williamson, the West Williamson Flood Wall, the Ramella Park Community Garden of Eatin’, and the South Williamson Flood Wall before the end of the month of April,” said Health and Wellness Promoter, Kayla Whitt.

Whitt continued to explain how these trails in the Tug Valley Area are for Beginners, Intermediate, and Expert Runners and that the signs indicates the level of difficulty. Specific trails include areas near the old Williamson High School, Ramella Park Community Garden of Eatin’, Downtown Williamson, Williamson Memorial Hospital Hill, South Williamson Flood Wall, and the West Williamson Flood Wall.

Lunch Walk Challenge Begins Monday, April 21st Ends Friday, June 13th

Lunch Walk Challenge is an 8-week Program encouraging local businesses, offices, churches and civic organizations to participate in the program by forming teams of 10 participants each.

“If your team is small, you may join with another group to form a team of 10 or just try to pick up the slack to not be at such a disadvantage to those with 10 teammates,” said Whitt. Each team is asked to create their team names on http://lunchwalk.mingodiabetes.com/ and be registered before the April 21st. For registration assistance, one can stop by the coalition office on 29 E 3rd Avenue in Downtown Williamson from 9 am to 5 pmor call (304) 235-3400.

Walk With Ease Kick Off Week- April 21st through 25th Program Begins Monday, April 28th

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program will be offered at local churches and Senior Citizens Centers in Mingo County. Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. “The program is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain and is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a daily habit,” said Whitt.

Individuals can join in a six-week group series led by a certified leader at Victory Christian Church (Lenore), Harry L Joyce Senior Center (Williamson), Harry White Senior Citizens Center (Gilbert), and Mary E. Brown Senior Citizens Center (Matewan). Participants will learn proper stretching and pain management techniques, as well as build stamina and walking pace.

Follow MCDC on facebook.com/MingoCountyDiabetesCoalition and don’t enter to win during Registration Week! For more information and specific dates, feel free to contact Kayla Whitt at (304)-235-3400.