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Moving to improve wellness in Portage County

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Warmer weather means heading outdoors and a greater emphasis on staying fit. That's why Portage County Health and Human Services developed Move to Improve-- a program designed to get people up and out this summer.

"It's about teaching people that physical activity is easy to do. It doesn't have to be in a gym, it's available in their community and that they can just access," said Portage County Public Health Educator Rachel King. The twelve week program kicked off Monday night at Schmeekle Reserve with free guided walks and fitness tips.

Amanda Wiskerchen rallied women at her work to form a team. "It's summer you want to be looking your best and be in good shape and keep moving." She said it's all about helping each other and finding new and different ways to stay fit. "You only get one body and you really want to make sure you are feeding your body and treating it well."

Even if you can't set aside a 30 minute block to work out each day, Kind suggested breaking it up in ten minute chunks. "Maybe it's parking further back when you're going to the grocery store.. it's realizing that ten minutes is a lot easier to do than 30 minutes."

And by getting outside and walking or biking, you'll get to enjoy the natural beauty of central Wisconsin while also breaking a sweat.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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