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It’s never too late to start Walking The Rez

ST. IGNATIUS — Just because you haven’t yet signed up for that 9th annual Walking The Rez health and fitness walk doesn’t mean you have to wait till next year to hit the road. You can lace ‘em up anytime and get them doggies a panting down the road or down the tread of a walking machine towards a healthier life.

Walking The Rez is the Tribal Health and Human Services Department and Diabetes Prevention Program fitness centers healthy lifestyle and fitness event with the goal of getting as many Flathead Indian Reservation residents, regardless of race, gender and age, involved in healthy activities year round, in this case it starts with the first step of Walking The Rez. The 16-week Walking The Rez journey began on Valentines Day and will end on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 11.

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, roughly 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.

“It’s never too late to start getting healthy,” said THHS Fitness Centers manager Lance Hawkins.

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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