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July 26, 2010

A Political Race of a Different Kind 

Lawmakers from across the country walk towards a common cause, good health.

LOUISVILLE, KY. – More than 100 legislators, legislative staff and other members of the National Conference of State Legislatures will promote fitness and healthy living by participating in a 5K fun run/walk in downtown Louisville. The Walk for Wellness will take place from 6:30–8 a.m., Tuesday, July 27, and is part of the NCSL Legislative Summit in Louisville July 25-28, 2010.

"This walk is an opportunity to focus on the importance of physical activity and healthy living," said William Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. "Lawmakers are committed to helping set an example of leading a healthier lifestyle both inside and outside of the legislature."

This is the fifth annual NCSL Walk for Wellness. The event is dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, while drawing special attention to the health disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities. Participants in the summit can start their day off on a high note with a fun-run or walk with your colleagues from across the country.

"The Walk for Wellness is an example of a fun and relaxing way to incorporate physical activity into our daily routines. As legislators we are always busy, but taking the time to practice a healthy lifestyle is rewarding in so many ways,” said Rep. Elsie Arntzen of Montana.

Some 20 million people have Type 2 diabetes. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Risk factors for both of these can be reduced by increasing physical activity and eating healthy foods.

The Walk for Wellness will start at 6:30 a.m. Participants will gather at the Waterfront Park at the Dancing Waters Fountain at the corner of Brook Street and Witherspoon Street, just steps from downtown Louisville.

The walk is a collaboration between:

  • The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
  • The National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
  • The National Asian Pacific Americans Caucus of State Legislators 
  • The Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL
  • The Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and
  • The NCSL Standing Committee on Health 

Come join us at the starting line on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 6:30 a.m.!

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.