TAVARES — At its workshop last week, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from the Golden Triangle YMCA to help sponsor its “Get Moving Lake County Campaign,” which targets improving the health of Lake County residents.
“I know from experience that getting in better shape can be tough,” said Lake County Chairman Welton Cadwell. “The Golden Triangle YMCA is offering this campaign that aims at improving the alarming health statistics of Lake County. I personally hope all Lake County residents will take advantage of this campaign to map out a course of action that will help them lead healthier lifestyles.”
The campaign kicks off at a rally on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Golden Triangle YMCA Family Center, located at 1465 David Walker Drive in Tavares. Participants at the rally will be encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day for the entire month and will be offered free pedometers to help them keep track. Rally participants will also receive a free YMCA month-long membership pass.
“Get Moving Lake County is focused on bringing people together for a solution to reduce the alarming obesity trends in our county,” Tom Breck, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle YMCA. “According to the State of Florida Department of Health, 65 percent of Lake County’s adults are obese or overweight, so by encouraging everyone to do 10,000 steps a day we can not only reverse that trend, but help the whole community to get healthier.”
Other sponsors of the “Get Moving Lake County Campaign” include Florida Waterman Hospital, Lake County School Board Foundation and Lake County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, call the Golden Triangle YMCA at (352) 343-1144.