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Enough steps to walk around the world two times

April 5, 2013

Albuquerque- The Step it Up! Albuquerque program, launched last month, is designed to encourage people to simply take more steps to improve their health. Several community walks have been coordinated by Mayor Richard J. Berry’s office along with the Parks & Recreation Department. More than 2,500 people have signed up and received their pedometer. To date, participants have logged enough steps to have walked around the world two times!

"I’m so proud of our community for embarking on this journey towards healthy lifestyles," said Mayor Berry. "With 310 days of sunshine here, I think this is a perfect fit for our city, and a great way to inspire folks to get out and enjoy our city."

Step it Up! Participants and those interested in registering can join the Mayor and local community members for the next walk this weekend, April 6th at Tiguex Park starting at 9 am for a mile long walk in the Old Town area. On-site registration will be available, along with free pedometers for those who sign-up.

The StepItUpABQ.com website is a resource that can be used by community members to locate local trails and walking paths, create healthy meals, view upcoming events, and purchase Step it Up gear! If you are unable to attend the walk, please call a Step It Up! Pedometer Distribution Center listed on the City Website to find a walking location near you or call 311 for more information on how to register for this free initiative.

This Saturday, Highland Senior Center, North Valley Senior Center, Palo Duro Senior Center, Barelas Senior Center, Los Volcanes Senior Center, Alamosa, Cesar Chavez, Holiday Park, and Taylor Ranch Community Centers will be open for distribution. Please call in advance to find out what time a walk will start at a center near you!

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