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October 23, 2012

Noble steps forwardfor healthy living

NORMAN — Oklahoma City’s Mayor Mick Cornett got a lot of mileage out of his weight-loss challenge a few years back. He wanted to lose weight and asked the city to collectively drop a million pounds. About 45,000 of his closest friends joined in.

The mayor dropped more than 40 pounds. Now, Noble Mayor Gary Hayes has put forth a weight loss and healthy living challenge: Walk 10 million steps by Nov. 17.

Mayor Hayes says it’s easier to do now that Noble has new sidewalks and walking trails and other areas that make walking, skating or bike riding easier and safer. Residents are challenged to walk an average of 10,000 steps per day.

Norman residents are enjoying new sidewalks in many areas, too. Pickard Avenue, south of Lindsey, has sidewalks nearly to Imhoff Road. Also, the bond issue project rebuilding Cedar Lane contains bicycle paths and Highway 9’s makeover will be bicycle friendly.

A community’s commitment to fitness can change its health. Noble will be part of the Nov. 16 “Weight of the Nation” conference at the Embassy Suites in Norman.

Walkers and cyclists like a challenge and a destination. We look forward to reporting the community’s successful 10 million steps next month.

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