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Feb 26, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

Library bosses in contest to walk 'across Perth County'

Stratford Gazette

Since Monday, staff and the CAOs at five Perth County public libraries have been tracking their daily steps in a race to "walk" across Perth County.

They are wearing step counters each day in an attempt to reach 100,000 steps - the number it would take to walk from the north to the south of Perth County.

The actual distance is 80.3 kilometres.

The race is part of the Perth District Health Unit's "Step into Life" campaign. As part of the campaign, step counters are now available for loan at all public libraries across Perth County.

The first participant to record 100,000 steps on their step counter is deemed the winner. The prize is a $50 gift certificate at their local sporting goods store.

Participants in the contest include:

Caroline Shewburg, CAO, West Perth Public Library, Ann Soltys, North Perth Public Library, Patti Henhoeffer, CAO, East Perth Public Library, Cindy Poon, CAO, St. Marys Public Library, and Sam Coghlan, CAO, Stratford Public Library

"Walking is an easy, free and fun way to add physical activity into your life," says Janet Jackson, public health promoter.

Step counters are worn at the waistband, in line with the foot.

They help track the number of steps the wearer takes in a day. Health Canada recommends the average adult take 10,000 steps a day for optimum health.

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