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City kicks off '09 health initiative

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Program to tout city's greenway, bike lanes

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – A Tell City councilman was joined by the city's mayor and others Monday in announcing a six-month wellness initiative open to anyone wanting to lead a healthier life in 2009 and beyond.

Tony Hollinden, the city's at-large councilman, said details of the program are still taking shape but activities will promote the value of exercise and the opportunities for physical fitness offered by Tell City's walkways and bicycling lanes.

A meeting at Tell City High School is planned in the next few weeks and Hollinden said Wednesday he would pen a guest column for Monday's edition.  

"Some of us began thinking last year about what we can do to promote wellness as a city and as a community," Hollinden said Monday. "We want to make 2009 a year for better health."

A committee gathered shortly after the dedication of a new greenway. That ribbon of asphalt along Windy Creek was immensely popular even before its dedication and is just one of several walking and biking pathways in the design and pre-construction stage.

Tell City and a local greenway committee have secured funding for new walkways along Tell and 19th streets, as well as money for biking lanes  that will connect various areas of the city, including parks and Main Street.

The city is also working to secure additional money for a walkway along the Ohio River.

Three businesses, Perry County Memorial Hospital, First State Bank and Home Mutual Insurance, are sponsoring the program.

Mayor Barbara Ewing is a member of an informal committee that has been working on the project. She said the initiative would continue through the summer and conclude with the Schweizer Fest Road Run-Walk held in early August.

Among this year's goals, she said, will be promoting safe biking in the city.

Hollinden showed off orange T shirts that will be available to participants and hoped the program will draw several hundred people.

Watch The News for details on the upcoming initial meeting.