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Walk Across Maryland scheduled for today

Event will kick off 2007 Health Olympics in Hancock and Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Event will kick off 2007 Health Olympics in Hancock and Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

March 30, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - A Walk Across Maryland scheduled for today will give people a chance to say they have accomplished that feat in just 30 minutes.

"We want to show what amazing things you can do when you have your health," said Dr. Matthew Hahn, organizer of the event.

Participants can park their vehicles in the lot at the Hancock Assembly of God Church for the start of the walk, which will begin at noon at the Pennsylvania state line and continue south on Pennsylvania Avenue 1.5 miles to the Potomac River.

After the walk, the annual Tri-State Community Health Center Health Fair will be at the Hancock Community Center from 1 to 5 p.m.

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The event will kick off the 2007 Health Olympics, a free community health promotion project held in April and May in Hancock and Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Those interested in the project may sign up through April 6.

Participation in the Health Olympics is easy, Hahn said. He urges participants to choose a weight loss goal of up to 10 pounds and commit to exercising and eating healthier.

Participants will be given a schedule that asks them to try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day, cut 200 calories from their regular daily eating and avoid their worst health habit each day.

Hahn said nearly 1,000 people have participated in the Health Olympics, and results, for those who stick with it, are impressive, with an average weight loss of two pounds per month.

Locations for signing up for the Health Olympics include the Tri-State Community Health Center, Rankin Fitness Center, War Memorial Hospital, and Curves locations in Berkeley Springs and Hancock.

Every Thursday night during the Health Olympics, Hahn also will host a Walk with the Doctor, during which participants can exercise and ask health-related questions.

Each Walk with the Doctor will feature guest appearances by local luminaries.

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