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Walking The Rez is a good step towards better health

ST. IGNATIUS — Folks participating in the 9th annual Walking The Rez event took their first step in a 16-week walking journey on Valentines Day. The annual physical fitness walking sojourn ends on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 11. It is a good opportunity to get fit for the sweeties in your life — your significant other and your mother.

Walking The Rez is the Tribal Health and Human Services fitness centers healthy lifestyle and fitness event with the goal of getting as many Flathead Indian Reservation residents, regardless of race and age, involved in healthy activities year round, in this case it starts with the first step of Walking The Rez.

“Everyone can do this. It’s easy,” said Lance Hawkins, THHS fitness centers’ manager. “Heck, people, depending upon their jobs can take up 10,000 steps a day. That kind of activity counts.

The participants symbolically walk the reservation roadways at their chosen pace and place. For those keeping track of mileage it takes approximately 2,100 steps to equal one mile. The goal of Walking the Rez is 200 miles that is the circumference of the highways that ring on the interior of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Due to the potential for an accident walking along the highways the event organizers chose to make it a symbolic route and let participants walk wherever it is convenient for them, in high school gyms or along roadways, at fitness centers, at walking tracks, or anywhere their doggies feel safe.

Participants can pick up the Walking The Rez packet with forms at any of the THHS fitness centers. They then can report their progress to the fitness centers each Monday.

For more information, contact Lance Hawkins at 745-3525, ext. 5206, or the tribal fitness centers in: Arlee – 726-2302, ext. 5454; St. Ignatius – 745-4242; Ronan – 676-0138; and Elmo – 849-5616.

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