Wellness 2009: It's up to us

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By The Staff

The Tell City Common Council, with Mayor Barbara Ewing and a panel of concerned citizens, are about to embark on a new project all of us hope will improve the lives of area citizens.

The city's first wellness initiative will start in March, with any and all local residents invited to join in.

National and statewide increases in obesity, heart failure and numerous other health concerns are driving the effort.

The Perry County United Way, with the Greenway initiative, started the "revolution" by laying the groundwork for walking and biking paths for Tell City.

Plans are set to expand these trails throughout Tell City and will include a walkway our children can use to walk to school. Future paths will reach into Cannelton and all of Perry County.

The Wellness 2009 program kicks things up a notch. We invite all interested residents to join us over the next six months as we explore different fitness, dietary and health-related topics that will encourage healthier lifestyles for all.

Plans are being made to have door prizes, discounts for lucky members and general information that will benefit all concerned.

Sign up today at City Hall  or other locations to be announced soon.

All of this is supported by our friends at Perry County Memorial Hospital, First State Bank and Home Mutual Insurance.

Without their financial  support we would not be able to provide all this and more for a $3 donation, and you even get a long-sleeve T-shirt, too.

Together we can make a difference in our lives and in our community. It's up to us to take the first step.

Hollinden is Tell City's at-large councilman.