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College Park employees walk for healthier living

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

City of College Park staff members are gearing up to get in shape and develop healthier habits. The city's employees recently held a 3K mid-day walk.

According to Gerald Walker, College Park public information officer, the effort is part of a new initiative with the theme "A New Healthy Lifestyle Change."

"The goal is for all employees to be healthier," said Jewel Clay, who is chairman of the initiative, and a College Park police administrative professional. "If we encourage each other, we can do this," she said.

The route for the walk, which was held last Wednesday, began and ended at the College Park Public Safety Complex, located at 3717 College St. The event began at 11:30 a.m.

There will be another mid-day walk, in the near future, according to Walker.

There was also a 2K walk held last month for employees, city officials said.

Clay said the health initiative originally started last year with a group of employees who wanted to be more health-conscious. However, she said, eventually, the efforts died out.

Clay decided to pick up the idea again this year, and focus on all employees of the city, she said. "The initiative will help employees to be more mind-conscious of living longer lives for their families and for themselves," she said.

Clay, along with Aurelia Harvey-Gray, of College Park Power, organized and promoted the event. College Park Mayor Jack Longino participated in the most recent walk. Also present at the walk were Fire Chief Teresa Everett, City Manager William E. Johnson, III, and Deputy Fire Chief Wade Elmore, according to Walker.

"I think it is good to see employees concerned about their health and exercising," Longino said.

According to Walker, College Park has been working with Concentra, the city's health provider, to receive help with the initiative. He said Concentra representatives provided blood pressure checks, and healthy snacks.