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Ashland to Host Walkable Communities Conference

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  

Event Designed to Promote Healthier, Pedestrian Safe Communities

Is your community conducive for walking and other forms of physical activity? Are you interested in establishing more sidewalks, walking trails and other types of facilities to further encourage residents to start leading an active lifestyle?

On June 6, health and fitness experts will gather in Ashland for a “Walkable Communities” conference to take a look at these and other questions facing cities throughout the commonwealth. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Park Place, 1701 Central Ave., Ashland, and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic.

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, the Department for Public Health’s Partnership for a Fit Kentucky, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and the Human Motion Center, and the University of Kentucky Health Education through Extension Services are sponsoring the conference, which features speakers and panel discussions. Registration is $15, and includes a pedometer and lunch.

Renowned fitness educator Mark Fenton, host of “America’s Walking” on PBS, will be a featured speaker at the conference. A professor at the University of North Carolina, Fenton is known throughout the country for his publications and research in the fitness field. He is the author of “The Complete Guide to Walking for Health,” “Weight Loss and Fitness,” “The 90-Day Fitness Walking Program,” “Precision Walking,” and ”The New Walker's Logbook.”

Nurses can receive continuing education credits for attending. All participants will receive a certificate.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to learn more about the many different ways to make our communities healthier and more physically active,” said CHFS’ Acting Undersecretary for Health and Public Health Commissioner William D. Hacker, M.D. “While we believe that we all have an individual responsibility to lead a healthy lifestyle, we also know that a person’s community plays an integral role in shaping our choices for entertainment and recreation. This conference gives us a chance to learn more about the different options out there.”

Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rodney Kirtley, of Muhlenberg County, also will be on hand at the conference to talk about Muhlenberg County’s Rails to Trails program. Other discussions will be led by representatives from the UK’s architectural design program, Ashland Main Street and Marvin Miller, of the Department for Public Health.

To register, contact Sara Dunlap or Kay Runyon by telephone at (606) 324-7181 or by fax at (606) 324-5423.


Last Updated 6/2/2006