Kids Hit The Road To Get Fit

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A group of little ones is taking their first steps toward fitness.

The students at Sheldon Head Start logged an entire mile Monday for the "Junior Gait Keepers" program.

It's a project of the Wellness Information Project. Gait Keepers is a community effort to get people up and walking. Organizers set a goal for the Topeka community to put in a collective one million steps. A "Golden Gait Keepers" program will target senior citizens.

Wellness Information Network Founder Chris Omni says it doesn't matter if a person contributes 200 or 2,000 steps, all that matters is that they get moving to improve their health.

The kids at Sheldon all received a "Walking with Walgreens" kit that included a pedometer so they could count their steps. Trade Home shoes donated a new pair of shoes for each of the kids as well.

Other partners include Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods, Topeka Community Foundation, Burger Stand and Florence Crittenton Services.


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