Eat Smart Move More walking trails marked in downtown Newton

NEWTON, NC (Aug. 27, 2013) – Get moving and get active by taking a walk in downtown Newton on one of three new walking trails. The City of Newton, Eat Smart Move More Catawba County, Catawba County Public Health and Catawba County Health Partners have joined together to mark the three trails, which range in distance from 1 to 2 miles.

“I encourage everyone who comes to downtown Newton to walk along one of the designated trails,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “These mile markers will help our citizens fit a short walk into their busy schedules, and the project is another great partnership between the City and County.”

Signs marking the walking trails are now up and will help guide walkers around downtown Newton. The green trail is 2 miles long starting north of downtown and looping around the downtown area. The red and blue trails each are 1 mile long and loop around downtown and just south of the downtown area.

“Eat Smart Move More Catawba County is working on ways to increase access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy nutrition in order to help prevent obesity in our community,” Community Outreach Manager Amy McCauley of Catawba County Public Health and Catawba County Health Partners said. “We were excited about the opportunity to partner with Newton Parks and Recreation to help make their vision for walking trails in the downtown Newton area a reality. Adding mile markers throughout the downtown area not only encourages physical activity, but also helps make downtown Newton an even more fun destination for county residents.”

Being active for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week can help you lose weight and maintain weight loss, improve your mood, build self-esteem, lower your risk of developing or dying from heart disease, control blood pressure and build healthy bones, muscles and joints.

Learn more or download the brochure on our Parks and Recreation page.