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Trailblazers Program.

Would you like to blaze a personal trail to a healthier lifestyle, and drop some pounds along the way?

Trailblazer Logo for Healthy and Active LivingIf the idea appeals to you then the new Trailblazers program is for you. 

Sponsored by the Scott County Health Department in cooperation with the City of Sikeston Parks Division, the walking club promotes exercise – walking, biking, jogging -     utilizing the new trail in the Recreation Complex next to the Clinton Building.  Membership is free and open to the public.

Funding for the Trailblazers and the trail was provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health.   The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.        

Participants in the Trailblazers program will each be given a log book to record their exercise activity between the monthly meetings.  The goal is for every participant to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three days per week. 

At the monthly meetings at the Clinton Building, club members will turn in their log books to have their progress recorded, and then have the opportunity to walk the trail as a group for one of that week’s workouts.  Meetings will be held March through November. Trailblazers club members will have free screenings for their blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index, and lungs at the outset of the program.  In November, they will be screened again to see how much the various health indicators have improved from the intervening exercise.

Also in November, members will be rewarded with incentives based on the exercise they have logged since the first meeting.  Program coordinator Brenda Freed of the Scott County Health Department explains the goal of the program is to see an increase in exercise levels among the members of the walking club. In addition, there will also be an informational component on topics that will cover issues that promote a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, call Brenda Freed, 471-4044 or Jiggs Moore, 475-3725.

The Trailblazers idea of promoting an active lifestyle is not going to be limited to adults. The juniors, ages 6 - 12  Jr Trailblazer Logo For healthy and active living.will meet the first Tuesday of each month, and take part in programs promoting exercise utilizing the new trail.  Participants will receive incentives at each monthly meeting such as t-shirts, water bottles, fanny packs, in addition to healthy refreshments.  Those who attend regularly will have their name entered into a drawing for a new bicycle in November.

Freed explains the Junior Trailblazers meetings will be programmed to build exercise into fun activities.  For instance, the first meeting of the junior walking club featured a story walk along the new trail led by Ann Thompson, children’s librarian from the Sikeston Public Library.  “We want to instill the importance of exercise at a young age but we want it to be fun” said Freed.  “If we can start the exercise habit early, maybe they won’t become part of the 30% when they become adults.”

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