Submitted by Mona Huff
The second annual walking challenge between Henry, Shelby and Bullitt Counties Walk was on Sept. 7, 2013. The walk is meant to bring awareness to diabetes and the need for activity for not only folks living with diabetes, but the community as a whole. Community was truly represented as we saw church groups walking together, co-workers challenging each other, families and several three-generation family groups having fun and walking for the health of it together. We even had dogs walking with us. No, they did not have pedometers, but showed ways to get active.
We had 109 walkers participate in Henry County with 637,081 steps. Bullitt County came in 2nd place with 230,000 steps, and Shelby County came in 3rd with 129,000 steps.
Our winners include: 12 and under: Chantel Ramsey and Kristina McClure, 13-19: Dixie Head and Zach Woods, 20-34 Jessica Dunaway and Lyndsey Kessinger, 35-49: DeeDee Yantz and Tommie Tingle, 50-64 Brenda Doane and Kathy Long, and 65+ Renie Wright and Cecil VanDriver. Special congratulations go to DeeDee Yantz as the overall winner with 12,456 steps which is equal to about 6.2 miles in one hour.
Thanks to the many volunteers who made the walk possible and especially Walgreen’s for providing the pedometers, Bluegrass Drug Center in Campbellsburg for the t-shirts, Pastor Ron Laughlin and Port Royal Methodist Church for the water, and KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition for the protein bars. We also want to show our appreciation to Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent for supporting us and for the use of the beautiful park.