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Join the Healthiest State Annual Walk on October 4, 2023

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Are you ready to lace up your sneakers, breathe in the fresh autumn air, and take a step towards a healthier you? Mark your calendars because on October 4, 2023, Iowa will come alive with the Healthiest State Annual Walk, inviting residents from all corners of the state to embrace the power of walking for their well-being.

Walking: The Path to Better Health

It's no secret that walking is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to improve your health. Whether you're young or young at heart, physically active or just getting started, walking offers numerous benefits. Just 30 minutes a day can boost your cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being. It's an accessible and enjoyable way to stay active, no matter your fitness level.

Discovering Iowa's Natural Beauty on Foot

What better way to celebrate the Healthiest State Annual Walk than by exploring Iowa's scenic beauty on foot? The state is home to a plethora of stunning walking trails that provide the perfect backdrop for your health journey. Here are some Council Bluffs trails to include in your walk itinerary:

  1. Wabash Trace Nature Trail: Immerse yourself in nature's wonders as you traverse this 63-mile trail. The trail features picturesque bridges, tunnels, and the serene ambiance of Iowa's countryside.
  2. FIRST AVE Trail: This urban trail offers a convenient and scenic path for city dwellers. Stroll alongside FIRST AVE and enjoy the urban landscape and the in-progress murals!
  3. Iowa Riverfront Trail: Accessible at River’s Edge Park, this trail provides a beautiful riverside experience. You'll be captivated by the scenic views and the soothing sound of the river.
  4. Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: Spanning the Missouri River, this bridge connects Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Take in breathtaking views as you cross between two states.
  5. Lake Manawa State Park's Recreational Trails: Lake Manawa State Park offers a variety of walking trails amidst natural beauty, including a scenic lakeside path.

Join the Movement for a Healthier Iowa

Participating in the Healthiest State Annual Walk is not only about improving your own health but also contributing to the well-being of your community. By walking on October 4, 2023, you join thousands of Iowans who are committed to making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

Here's how you can get involved:

  1. Gather Your Friends and Family: Encourage your loved ones to join you. Walking together can be a fun and motivating experience.
  2. Set a Goal: Challenge yourself to walk for at least 30 minutes on that day. You can go longer if you like, but 30 minutes is a great starting point.
  3. Share Your Journey: Use social media to connect with fellow walkers. Share your experiences, photos, and inspire others to get moving. Use #unleashcb to be featured on our pages!
  4. Explore Iowa's Trails: Choose one of the recommended trails or explore a local trail in your area. The key is to get moving and enjoy the journey.
  5. Stay Hydrated and Safe: Remember to drink water and wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Safety first!
  6. Have Fun: Most importantly, have fun! Walking is not just an exercise; it's an adventure waiting to happen.

The Healthiest State Annual Walk in Iowa on October 4, 2023, is your opportunity to take a step toward better health while appreciating the natural beauty of Iowa. Whether you walk alone, with friends, or with family, you'll be contributing to the collective goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. So, lace up your sneakers, embrace the trails, and let's walk towards a healthier future together. See you on October 4th!

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