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Anabel Cunningham had a special friend with her at the Clinton School District Wellness Walk at the Clinton High School track on Saturday. A butterfly landed on her shoulder and stayed with her the whole walk. This is the second year school nurses have hosted the walk, but this year they teamed up with the Blue Zones initiative by having a litter pick-up following the event.

Natalie Conrad/Clinton Herald
Herald Staff Writer

Residents, teachers, nurses and students from the Clinton Community School District are walking their way to healthier lifestyles.

The district held its second annual Walk for Wellness at the Clinton High School track Saturday.

School district nurse Darlene Fox organized the event along with several other school nurses.

“This is a great way to promote healthy lifestyles and have fun,” Fox said. “It’s nice to see people out and about, getting active.”

The event offered a relaxed, low key atmosphere with no participation fee and no registration necessary. People of all abilities and paces were able to walk or run the track to complete 12 laps for a 5K, coming and going as they pleased. Participants received free zipper pulls and refreshments.

This year the nurses teamed up with the Blue Zones Project committee to add a litter pick-up day at the riverfront following the walk.

“This is such a great project for our community to get involved in and a great way to encourage healthy choices,” Fox said.

Clinton Community School District is no stranger to focusing on wellness and encouraging healthy choices.

Besides the walk, the district has planned several wellness events and continues to look for more ways to promote healthy lifestyles. At Clinton High School, students celebrate Wellness Wednesday by wearing tennis shoes, going for a walk during their lunch period and eating healthy snacks. The high school also plans to participate in the statewide “Go the Distance Day” in May, by setting aside a time for students to walk for 30 minutes on the track and enjoy nutritious snacks at the finish.

The school district teamed up with the Blue Zones Project previously for the Family Wellness Fair on April 5. More events and health initiatives for the district are being planned by the district wellness committee.

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