Thursday, September 25, 2008

Second Sunday, Oct. 12, aims to get Ky. moving

A new initiative in Kentucky is aimed at getting the state out of those labeled most unhealthy. "Second Sunday, a statewide event designed to get Kentuckians on their feet and moving, is planned for Oct. 12," writes Carol L. Spence of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. "Organized by specialists and agents in the family and consumer sciences arm of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, the idea is to work with local officials to close a road or roads in each county for a few hours on the second Sunday in October. This will allow people to get out and exercise in a fun, safe, community-friendly environment."

Organizers of Second Sunday hope that the event will push local counties to re-evaluate infrastructure and move toward building communities that encourage people to get out of their homes, schools and workplaces to exercise. Janet Kurzynske, chair of the Nutrition and Food Science Department in the college's School of Human Environmental Sciences, adds: "People in cities get more exercise than people in suburbs and rural areas because they don't get their car out, if they even have a car. It's too much trouble. It's much easier to walk."(Read more)

1 comment:

tractor said...

Second Sunday 2009 is October 11. 2ndSundayKY.com is still under development, but you can read about last year's event here and here.