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TILT “Health Walk” is March 16

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CLAYTON — The Thousand Islands Land Trust is urging members of the public to encourage children to be physically active at a “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” fundraiser walk at 10 a.m. March 16 at the Zenda Farm Preserve, Route 12E.

Corinne M. Mockler, TILT’s coordinator of education and outreach, said the event is meant to be an easygoing outing on Zenda’s 1.5-mile trail.

Registration costs $25 per adult — children 18 years and younger participate for free — and includes a one-year membership in TILT, which normally starts at $40, and a “goody bag.”

Included in the goody bag will be a snack, water bottle, pedometer, chance to win a month’s access to Northern Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, Clayton, and more.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help TILT maintain its nature trails, which are open to the public year-round, and support the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national organization working toward reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity by empowering youths to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Participants are encouraged to register by March 8, but walk-ins are also welcome, Ms. Mockler said.

T.I. Land Trust partnered with Jefferson County Public Health Service, Community Coalition for Children and Adopting Healthy Habits for its inaugural health walk.

Ms. Mockler said the land trust hopes to hold the event annually as part of its ongoing effort to get people outside more.

Every year, TILT holds several free public “treks” in the Thousand Islands region to encourage outdoor activities and wildlife conservation.

An open house for TILT volunteers will be held at 7 p.m. April 5 at the TILT office, John Street, and several outdoor nature events are scheduled for April.

For more information or to register for the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” fundraiser walk, call TILT at 686-5345, email event organizers at treks@tilandtrust.org or visit the land trust’s website: www.tilandtrust.org.

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