Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - January 14, 2011

Letters

More walks planned

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publicizing the World Walk to Wellness Fair held Jan. 8 at the Pleasanton library. Nearly two dozen organizations had booths promoting methods of staying well in 2011, organized by Senior Librarian Penny Johnson. Special thanks to the teen volunteers who helped.

Dozens of people chose to take a loop walk on Main Street with one of the "Walk with Me" leaders: Ward Belding; Pamela and Jim Ott; Joan Laursen; Gary Winter; Ron Sutton; Joanie Fields; Jerry and Sandi Thorne; and Cheryl Cook-Kallio. We were pleased to present to Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation $1,300 worth of donations, including matching funds from ACCUSPLIT, for a total of over $6,000 raised by World Walk to Wellness for grants to local schools.

Our planning team had expected to increase the group walks from one per year to one per month in 2011. However, several people have said they would like more opportunities to keep moving. We have a 3.5-mile arroyo walk with Dolores Bengtson planned for Feb. 26, but before then, to keep people on track with New Year's Resolutions, we will host walks exploring some of the 47 city parks.

Meet Mr. Pedometer at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Mission Hills Park, 600 Junipero, south of Bernal Avenue and east of Sunol Boulevard. We will do loop walks, beginning near the children's play equipment. The following Saturday we will cross town to Moller Park, located at 5500 Pleasant Hill Road, off Stoneridge Drive. These events are free of charge, but donations to PPIE would be gladly accepted.

W. Ron Sutton (aka "Mr. Pedometer"), president of ACCUSPLIT and World Walk to Wellness Founder

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