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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, DC
August 10, 2011

Taking Steps Toward a Healthier Future

SAN ANTONIO – More than 100 state legislators and staff will promote fitness and healthy living by participating in a 5K fun run/walk in downtown San Antonio as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit, August 8-11.

The Walk for Wellness, on Wednesday, August 10, will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Tower of Americas in HemisFair Park and end by 8:00 a.m.

“The Walk reminds us that physical activity is a significant factor in preventing chronic disease, and it is also a great way to start a day filled with important policy meetings,” said Representative Rosie Berger of Wyoming and president of NCSL's Women’s Legislative Network.

This is the sixth 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.

Type 2 diabetes inflicts more than 20 million Americans, while heart disease kills more women than anything else. Risk factors for both of these can be reduced by increasing physical activity and eating healthier foods.

"This event highlights the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for everyone," said Representative John McCoy of Washington and chair of the executive committee of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators. 

The walk is a collaboration among:

  • 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

Join us at the starting line on Wednesday, August 10 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.