Mayor Spano’s Walking Challenge

MAYOR SPANO KICKS OFF YONKERS ON THE MOVE’S SEASON WITH WALKING CHALLENGE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 AT CITY HALL

Event Begins Yonkers on the Move’s “Walk 20,” Challenging Residents to
Walk 20 Miles by May 31

YONKERS, NY – April 1, 2013 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today he will officially start the Yonkers on the Move walking season with its first walk challenge of the year Wednesday, April 3 at 10AM. The walk challenge will start at City Hall and route through downtown Yonkers to the Yonkers Riverfront Library and back.

“Spring is finally here and what better way to promote healthier living and exercise than to get outside, enjoy the weather and walk with your fellow residents and friends,” said Mayor Spano. “I applaud our community leaders for initiating a campaign that encourages wellness among our residents, one step at a time.”

Yonkers on the Move is a citywide walking campaign promoting a healthier lifestyle. Wednesday’s event also serves as a kick off to the Yonkers Walk 20 Challenge, in which participants are encouraged to walk 20 miles by the end of May.

Participants of the Walk Challenge will receive a free Healthy Steps Passport to log their miles. Those who record 20 miles on the Passport between April 3 and May 31 will receive special recognition and be eligible for a drawing of prizes. The citywide goal for the Yonkers on the Move 2013 walk season is 2,000 miles.

To assist residents in reaching their walking goals, Yonkers on the Move also is hosting a new walking tour series called the Holy Yonkers Walk, Thursday, April 4 starting at 12:45PM. The walk features a unique walk-tour that showcases the diversity of the community of faith in Yonkers. Knowledgeable tour guides will present the history, lore, legends and architecture of the faith-based structures. Residents who want to participate should meet at Sacred Heart Church on Shonnard Ave, where they will continue to St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church and Chabad Lubavitch of Yonkers.

Yonkers on the Move Walk Challenge is sponsored by 55Plus Yonkers Connections, Walgreens Westchester American Diabetes Association, Livable Communities and the City of Yonkers. Yonkers 55Plus is a program staffed by Saint Joseph’s Medical Center and the Community Planning Council of Yonkers made possible by the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation.

For details on how to participate in the Yonkers Walk Challenge, residents are encouraged to visit http://www.walkyom.org/ for more information.