This is National Public Health Week and hundreds of King County employees will celebrate by walking in groups during breaks or lunch times.
County officials are supporting the wellness activity as part of the Health Reform Initiative, which has won several national awards for its innovative approach to reducing health care costs by promoting employee health.
“Walking is a great way to ease into an exercise program, and it’s something that almost everyone can enjoy,” said Board of Health Chair Julia Patterson. “As part of King County’s effort to be active and combat obesity, I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead a walk.”
Both pedestrians and drivers should remember these tips to encourage safe walking:
• Walk on the sidewalk, or if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
• Only cross at crosswalks and wear reflective clothing if walking at night.
• Drivers should give priority to pedestrians, even at unmarked crosswalks.
• Set the pace for other drivers by obeying the speed limit.
For more information, visit the Public Health Week Web site, www.metrokc.gov/health/phweek.