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'Walk to the Moon' Campaign Encourages Southwest Riverside County to Exercise

Residents are encouraged to log their steps or miles on a website so that collectively, southwest Riverside County walks 238,900 miles—the distance to the moon—within the next few months.

Southwest Riverside County has been challenged to walk to the moon.

Well, maybe not literally, but an area-wide effort that kicked off Jan. 2 encourages residents to log their steps or miles so that collectively, southwest Riverside County walks 238,900 miles—the distance to the moon—within the next few months.

According to a news release from Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, several local hospitals, schools, community groups and civic agencies in southwest Riverside County have joined in the creation of “Walk To The Moon With Our Community,” a healthy communities walking campaign.

Residents may register to participate at http://citybyapp.com/walktothemoon/, a Web page where they can log their steps or miles.

The website will keep a tally of the entries until Sunday, April 27, when the community is invited to The Diamond stadium for a celebration with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

“Simple daily exercise can have a big health payoff!” said Cynthia Clark, director of Employee & Community Wellness for Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta.

“We want to encourage people to add more steps to their days. As a community we can walk the 238,900 miles it takes to get to the moon, together!”

Moderate and regular exercise has been shown to have dramatic positive impact of health factors including improved cardiovascular health, reduction in the development of type 2 diabetes, improved mental and emotional health, improved brain function and stronger bones, LLUMC-Murrieta stated in the news release.

“We are excited to work with other hospitals, schools, public agencies and businesses to encourage each other as a community, to walk and log those steps into the website,” Clark said.

The following is a list of participating agencies:

City of Murrieta

Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta

Universal Health Care (Southwest Healthcare System and Temecula Valley Hospital)

Temecula Valley Unified School District

City of Temecula

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Riverside County

DENSO Corporation

Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

American Heart Association – Southern California Chapter

Congressman Ken Calvert’s Office

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez’s Office

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone’s office

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries’ office

Riverside County Office of Education

Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Geri-Fit

Riverside County Boards, Commissions and Committees

Michelle’s Place

Storm Baseball

Riverside Community Health Agency

Sempra Energy

HealthCare REIT

Menifee Union School District

City of Menifee

City of Wildomar

Other groups interesting in obtaining materials to promote the event may send an email to info.walktothemoon@llu.edu.

The Southwest Riverside County Healthy Community Collaboration—comprised of representatives from member agencies—plans to continue creating and promoting health initiatives for the local area.

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