Our project, “Walk Chillicothe” is a systematic approach to promoting walking in the community by raising awareness of healthy eating and active living principles through quarterly media campaigns featuring local residents, quarterly table tent campaigns, three community walking events, participation in two large events for families, bi-annual 8 week walking challenges targeting local residents and workplaces and an oversized full-color bookmark highlighting local walking routes residents can utilize to stay healthy.
“Walk Chillicothe” has planned a year long timeline of carefully planned events to create a continuous stream of awareness and opportunity for local residents to start the habit of walking. Our project appeals to a large audience, because walking is a type of exercise most people can safely and inexpensively do to stay active. Our events target a varied audience from children to seniors to pet owners to families, in order to plant the seed that walking is possible for everyone and offer an easy solution for sedentary people to take the first step to active living.
By promoting walking, individuals and organizations plant the seeds for initiating change by alerting others to the benefits of walking and creating awareness about local walking routes and walking promotion events that can foster healthier, more livable communities.
Our idea for a community pride type project that would benefit health has really taken off . We couldn’t have pulled it off without the support of local organizations like the City of Chillicothe, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Chillicothe and Community 2000. We are also utilizing the Community Wellness Committee and the Livingston County Obesity Prevention Project, that already have the goal of increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating, to build a broader reaching base to implement our objectives.
Livingston County Health Center is an equal opportunity provider. Livingston County Health Center 800 Adam Drive Chillicothe, MO 64601 Phone: 660-646-5506 Fax: 660-646-4485