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The Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization may not be the first group that comes to mind when promoting a community healthy lifestyle event. But when one considers that many of the healthy activities also promote alternative means of transportation, it all makes perfect sense.
The goal of the HCMPO is to encourage all people to consider an alternate mode of transportation when going about their daily lives, said HCMPO Transportation Director Andrew A. Canon.
"Alternate transportation supports the economy and can improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods, cities, and county," Canon said after Tuesday's reading of a proclamation in support of the 6th Annual Walk-N-Rolla event at the City of Edinburg courtyard.
Making investments in walking, bicycling and public infrastructure can connect people to their jobs, shopping and living while creating a clean environment, Canon added.
Studies have shown that walking or bicycling 30 to 60 minutes a day can result in weight loss and greatly reduces the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, said Debra Franco, president and co-founder of the South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association, who joined Canon in accepting the proclamation.
"Our families and the Rio Grande Valley needs an outlet for these things; making ways for sidewalks and bicycle trails, and other opportunities within the community so that we can get out and get active, and reduce the rates of diabetes and obesity in our area," said Franco.
The 6th Annual Walk-N-Rolla event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Edinburg City Hall courtyard. The event will include bike rides, a rodeo for kids, a 5k run, community walk and a "Mutt Strut." There will also be informational booths and exhibits.