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Choose Health Yates Walk-Off a Success

The Choose Health Yates Coalition reached more than 50 Yates County community members through their third annual Walk-Off, which took place for 8 weeks, from July 8th to September 1st. This year, the coalition decided to walk the American Discovery Trail which stretches across more than 6,800 miles and 15 states.Participants submitted their total steps and duration of activity at the end of each week through an online link. Activities were then converted into steps and totaled with the number of steps walked to determine the number of miles walked by each team. Weekly flyers were dispersed to track progress.This year, our top walkers were Paul Casey from Penn Yan and Krystal Clancey from Dundee, congratulations! Paul walked a total of 1,249,982 steps and Krystal a total of 744,305 steps. Paul was awarded a one night stay at a local B&B and Krystal was awarded a one year membership to the YCRR Community Fitness and Wellness Center. Although our top walker was from Penn Yan, the Dundee Team came out on top, with a total of 8,278,189 steps (or 4,139 miles), great job!The Choose Health Yates Coalition would like to thank everyone that participated in the Walk-Off and made it such a success. The coalition hopes to reach even more walkers next year.The mission of the Choose Health Yates Coaliton is to, “Create a model community that engages community members and organizations in healthy eating and active living through support, advocacy, and education”. The S2AY Rural Health Network facilitates the coalition members: Finger Lakes Health, Dundee Central School District, Penn Yan Central School District, Arc of Yates, YCRR-Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc. The Community Center, ProAction Yates Office for the Aging, Yates County Public Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, and Our Town RoCKS Dundee Health Improvement Project. The coalition works toward the common goal of creating environments that support healthy eating, active living and healthy weights.The Choose Health Yates Coalition will be present at various events throughout the year, so keep your eyes open for the Choose Health Yates logo and always remember to eat well, be active, and have fun!

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