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Austin Peay helps sponsor community-wide Heart & Sole initiative

If youre ready to get fit, get ready to join Heart & Sole: Walking for Wellness, a community-wide wellness program co-sponsored by Austin Peay.

The free, six-month walking program is an initiative of the Montgomery County Health Department, Montgomery County Health Council and Gateway Health System. The goal is to increase the communitys exercise and healthy nutrition behaviors. Participants can walk on their own or form teams through work, church, civic organizations, neighborhoods, family, friends, etc.
If you're ready to get fit, get ready to join Heart & Sole: Walking for Wellness, a community-wide wellness program co-sponsored by Austin Peay.

The free, six-month walking program is an initiative of the Montgomery County Health Department, Montgomery County Health Council and Gateway Health System. The goal is to increase the community's exercise and healthy nutrition behaviors. Participants can walk on their own or form teams through work, church, civic organizations, neighborhoods, family, friends, etc.

Dr. Anne Black, associate professor of health and human performance at APSU and a member of the Montgomery County Health Council, says, “We hope the Heart & Sole program is embraced by people looking for that impetus to get started, as well as those already committed to wellness.”

Participants will receive a personal walking log to chart their progress, a free monthly nutrition class, optional weigh-ins and incentives along the way. Those who sign up in teams of 25 or more are eligible to have nutrition classes and weigh-ins offered at their meeting place.

As an added incentive to Austin Peay participants, Dr. Becky Glass, professor of health and human performance, is offering her students as “personal trainers” for each faculty or staff team. “My trainers would perform screening and assessments and provide guidance on a regular basis to designated teams,” says Glass. “I have 25 students in my class, so depending on how many teams the University has, each team would have more than one trainer to meet with them and motivate them in their walking.”

For beginners, the goal is to walk two miles or 30 minutes at least three times a week. For those already above that level, the goal is to increase current walking level by two miles or 30 minutes per week. Participants will log their miles/time and submit the total to Program Coordinator Trudy Stein-Hart each month.

The program kicks off with a walking clinic at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at Governors Stadium.

During the clinic, Glass will offer advice on how to get the best results out of your walking program, how to select the right footwear and how to add variety to your walking workout. Her students will be on hand to provide individual walking instruction and teach people how to use their free pedometers.

Registration forms are available at the health department, as well as Gateway's Marketing and Public Relations Office. They also are available online at http://www.ghsystem.com. Return the forms to Heart & Sole, c/o Trudy Stein-Hart, Montgomery County Health Department, P.O. Box 1026, Clarksville, TN 37041-1026, or fax them to (931) 645-9019.

For more information about Heart & Sole, visit http://www.ghsystem.com or telephone Stein-Hart at (931) 648-5747.
—Rebecca Mackey