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ELIZABETH, NJ—April 3, 2013— Earlier this afternoon, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and other municipal officials joined over 90 City of Elizabeth employees as they participated in National Walking Day.

“This event was a great way to incorporate exercise into the work environment. I walk each morning and it is an effective way to maintain a healthy heart.” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Just one year ago, the City of Elizabeth was named one of the top 25 best walking cities in America. Through our revitalized neighborhoods and trails, we will continue to promote healthier living through increased mobility.”

National Walking Day is held the first Wednesday in April across the United States. The American Heart Association (AHA) encouraged employees across the country to wear sneakers to work; kicking off healthy lifestyles and helping to raise community awareness regarding the prevention of heart disease.

According to the AHA, nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This idleness doubles the risk of heart disease, which is the nation's number one killer and is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. Physically active people reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by 30 percent.

“City employees were encouraged to take 30 minutes out of their day to walk and become active,” said Krishna H. Garlic, Director of Health & Human Service. “I am very proud of their outstanding demonstration of personal commitment to better health and physical fitness. I would like to thank everyone for their participation.”   

Two groups of employees began each thirty minute walk in front of City Hall. The designated route continued along Winfield Scott Plaza to Elizabeth Avenue and finally to the Elizabeth River Trail, which is one of the newest recreational initiatives in the community. Upon reaching this destination, each group then returned to City Hall.

The Elizabeth River Trail opened in 2012 and reclaimed underutilized space along the Elizabeth River basin in Midtown. It begins with a dramatic entrance-way at Broad Street and winds along the River to Bridge Street providing scenic views, benches and landscaping.

Mayor Bollwage encouraged residents and visitors to walk in the parks and the recreation areas throughout the City.  During the spring and summer months it is a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful flowers, budding trees as well as warmer weather.

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