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"The Mile Starts Here" Walking Program Returns
June 3, 2013

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Monday, June 3, 2013 – Get ready...get set...walk! Start your walking program for this year by joining the Building a Healthier Independence "The Mile Starts Here."

The mile-led walks will start at 9 a.m. each Wednesday through October 30 and will rotate among five parks and trails throughout Independence. Water will be available each date.

BHI Project Coordinator Christina Heinen said the free program was launched last year as a way to promote physical activity while exploring the City’s parks and trails. "Walking is an easy, inexpensive way to lose weight, reduce stress and lower your risk of stroke and heart disease," Heinen said. "It is also a great way for people to meet others in the area who are interested in exercise."

The schedule for "The Mile Starts Here" walking program is:

First Wednesday of the month: The "Farmers’ Market route" June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 2 at the Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Truman Road and Main Street, and will follow the Truman Historical Walking Trail.

Second Wednesday of the month: June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9 at Centerpoint Medical Center Trail, 19600 E. 39th Street. Meet in the parking lot off Jackson Drive at the medical offices’ entrance.

Third Wednesday of the month: June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16 at Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Rd.

Fourth Wednesday of the month: June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25 and October 23 at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Dr.

Fifth Wednesday of the month: July 31 and October 30 at the Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St. Meet outside the front entrance.

For more information contact the Health Department at 816-325-7185. Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter @indephealthdept. You can also find information at the Health Department’s website at

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