Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Diabetes Coalition (MCDC) is rolling out its Fall 2012 Lunch Walk/5K Program, encouraging Mingo County to get moving.
Fall 2012 is the fourth Lunch Walk Program, and participation is growing.
“In Spring of 2011, we had 170 people participate,” Vicki Hatfield, Certified Diabetes Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner with the MCDC. “Then in Fall 2011, we had 310, and last Spring 270 walked.”
The program is simple. Offices, businesses, and any other groups within the county form teams of 10 people who are given pedometers to track how many miles the team has walked. Each week, team members log their distance walked and submit it to their team captain by Monday afternoon.
A map of the nation will be posted in the window of Williamson Family Care Center. The mileage of each team will be updated each Monday so that everyone is aware of their progress. This year, teams will report their mileage online.
Hatfield said the goal is for each team to walk the distance from Williamson to California by the end of the six week program.
If a business/office cannot incorporate the walking activities into a lunchtime schedule, participants can still report their walking distance even if it is done after hours. Team leaders will be given a suggested walking route in town with the appropriate distance calculated. However, if participants choose to walk an alternate route such as a community track, the flood wall or a treadmill, that is also acceptable.
The program this year will include a 5K walk/run to be held in conjunction with the King Coal Festival in partnership with the Tug Valley Road Runners Club. While it is not mandatory to participate in the 5K to do the Lunch Walk Program, the MCDC would like to get as many people involved the 5K as possible. For a good resource for training for a 5K, visit this website:
“A mile is 2,000 steps,” Hatfield said. “The surgeon general suggests people walk 10,000 steps a day. We encourage people to wear the pedometer all the time, not just during their walks. We want to get people moving.”
The Lunch Walk Program will begin September 10 and conclude October 22. An outside awards celebration will be planned at the end of the program. The location and date will be announced at a later time.
An orientation meeting for team captains will be held on September 4 at noon at the Williamson Public Library.