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Get fit with Walk This Way 2008

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Now is your chance to start getting in shape for summer. Area residents are encouraged to join the Walk This Way 2008 program, an annual series of group walking events promoting a healthier lifestyle. This year's program began on Tuesday, March 25, with a walk led by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker. Organizers of the program have planned a total of 15 walks throughout the months of March, April and May. All Cass and Clay county residents are encouraged to take part in the program.

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"Walking reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and breast and colon cancer," said Kim Lipetzky, a nutritionist at Fargo Cass Public Health. "It can also help you lose weight and get a better night's sleep. Establish this healthy habit by joining us for Walk This Way 2008."

There is no cost to participate, and anyone completing at least four walks will be eligible to win a prize drawing. Registered participants can ride free on Metro Area Transit buses between April 21-26 by showing their "Walk This Way" passport.

The upcoming walk schedule includes: April 8: Osgood, 4400 Clubhouse Dr. S., 7 p.m., golf course parking lot; April 15: Courts Plus, 3491 Univ. Dr. S., Noon; April 17: Jefferson West Park, 1701 4th Ave. S., 7 p.m., Jefferson Elementary parking lot; April 22: Gooseberry Mound Park, 100 22nd Ave. S., Moorhead, 7 p.m., meet under large shelter; April 24: West Fargo Parks, 7 p.m., Elmwood Park, 500 13th Ave. W.; April 29: Casselton City Hall, 702 1st St. N., 7 p.m.; May 1: NDSU Wellness Center, 18 St. N. & Centennial Blvd., Noon; May 6: Midtown Dam at Dike East, 2nd Street entrance (river trail walk), 7 p.m.; May 8: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 4501 13th Ave. S., Noon, meet in front lobby; May 13: Dilworth Athletic Field, corner of 1st St. NE Main St. N. & 4th Ave. NE, 7 p.m.; May 15: Downtown YMCA, 400 1st Ave. S. Island Park, Noon; May 20: Horizon Shore, 24th Ave. and 38th St. S, 7 p.m.; start at gazebo; May 22: Oak Grove Park, South Terrace N., 7 p.m., meet in picnic shelter.

To register for the walks, or learn more about the program, go to www.fmwalkthisway.com. Residents may also sign up at the first walk they attend.

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