September 16, 2014

Medina
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‘Walktober’

There’s nothing I don’t love about October. It’s the only time of year I can admire rows of pumpkins and munch on Honeycrisp apples for 31 consecutive days.

It’s also my favorite season to venture outside for brisk walks on cool evenings.

The Medina County Health Department thinks so, too.
Coined “Walktober,” the Step Up to Health committee used this month to introduce a new program called “Active Autumn.”

It’s a month-long event to encourage residents to increase physical activity and to get to know their neighbors.
It’s also a great way to go green.

Log on to www.medinahealth.org/promo/stepuptohealth.htm, and you can download walking routes for areas in northern, central and southern Medina County. Or, stop by one of seven locations, including the Medina, Wadsworth and Cloverleaf recreation centers.

Instead of driving to a nearby store, challenge yourself to walk the half-mile instead. Or, grab some friends, and pick a new route to tackle each weekend.

The benefits are exponential — not only will you get some exercise and fresh air, you’ll also help the environment by reducing emissions. And, for each route you complete, the Step Up to Health committee will enter your name in a raffle drawing.

Another great resource that will help you find businesses within walking distance is www.walkscore.com. Enter your home or work address, and a list of restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, libraries and more will pop up, each with a map and the exact mileage from your starting point. Anything within one-mile is considered walkable.

It’ll also give you a score that indicates just how walkable your city is. Medina, for example, ranks 85 out of 100, meaning it’s very walkable. Anywhere that scores over 90 is considered a “walker’s paradise.”

It’s a great tool to consider when moving to a new town or traveling to a different part of the country.

For more details about Active Autumn and the Step Up to Health committee, call toll-free at 888-723-9688, ext. 635.
Winn may be reached at 330-721-4053 or kwinn@ohio.net.