CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The non-profit organization go Vibrant announced the implementation of walking paths in downtown Cincinnati is complete; all in effort to make us a fit and active city.
In February 2011, go Vibrant worked to pass a resolution through the City of Cincinnati City Council directing the Department of Traffic and Engineering to work with go Vibrant in implementing 1, 2 and 3 mile walking routes in downtown Cincinnati. There are 91 sign markers along the route to guide walkers at intersections and an overall map sign on Fountain Square.
The walks start at Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Noon. If weather is a factor, there is an indoor track available.
If you think just walking isn't going to make a difference, think again. "Walking is one of the best ways to start exercising," said Mark Jeffreys, go Vibrant Founder. "It doesn't require equipment, it doesn't require any special certifications. So, hopefully this will enable more people to get active and fit."
"Cincinnati is now one of only a handful of cities in the country with walking paths in its downtown, an important enabler to make getting some exercise easier," said Aaron Motley with the American Heart Association, a go Vibrant partner and leader in developing the routes.
go Vibrant also announced the formation of its board of directors. The board, which launches this month, consists of a cross section of leaders from major organizations in Cincinnati.
The board includes Dr. Jane Henney, former head of U.S. FDA under President Clinton and medical doctor; Alex Keith, Vice President Procter & Gamble; Theresa Monti, Vice President the Kroger Company; Joel Stone, Officer Fifth Third Bank; Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Health Commissioner; Julie Isphording, former Olympian, author and wellness expert; Sandy Walker, CEO YMCA, and Mark Jeffreys, Founder of go Vibrant.
"go Vibrant is about leveraging all of our community resources to drive our vision of being a top 10 healthiest city in the U.S. by 2020. The board will be a key part of helping to bring that vision to life," said Jeffreys. "We look forward to continuing to grow and have a balanced board that represents our Greater Cincinnati region."
If you would like to know more information about the walks and what local celebrity will be joining, go to their Facebook Page.