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Challenge Accepted

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Henry County tries to step it up to five wins

By Christopher Brooke

In a healthy competition, walkers took steps Saturday to make sure a traveling trophy remains in Henry County for the fifth time.
Good turnout and dedicated participants have helped Henry County win the County Challenge Walk in each of the four previous years, according to Mona Huff, community organizer for the Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities.
The challenge now involves eight counties, including Oldham, Trimble, Shelby, Bullitt, Metcalfe and Barren. Some of those counties have a much larger population base to draw on, but that hasn’t stopped Henry from winning in previous years, Huff pointed out.
Organizers in each county hand out pedometers to count the steps of participants during an hour. The county that has the most steps wins.
Huff encourages each Henry County participant to take as many steps as they can around the walking track at the recreational park, whether it’s 15 minutes or the whole hour. It’s each according to his or her own ability.
People have turned out in force in the past. “What’s helped Henry County be the winner is we’ve seen multi-generational families come and walk together,” Huff said.
It’s a matter of community pride for Henry County to prevail over counties with much larger populations, she said.
Locals who make the walk possible include sponsors Jennifer Grove at Bluegrass Pharmacy in Campbellsburg who provided t-shirts; Drane Stephens at Eminence Apothecary, who provided pedometers; Port Royal United Methodist Church Pastor Ron Laughin, who provided water and snacks; and KCHC, which provides the medals and traveling trophy that hasn’t traveled all that much.
Henry County residents are like family who pull together, and in this case, they’re pulling together to share good health, Huff said.
“One of my favorite sayings is, health is contagious,” she said. “If we’re around folks who are doing healthy things, we’re more likely to do them ourselves.”
 

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