In her never ending quest to give options to Wilburton residents to improve their state of health, Debbie Vega, Director of the Park & Recreation Department, led the students of the Wilburton Elementary School as they walked from the First Baptist Church parking lot to the school on 10 October, National Walk To School Day.
Leading the way and setting a fine example also was Ms. Jan Butler, Principal of the Elementary School and WPD Ch Robert Bias. They joined Ms. Vega, along with the many students, parents and siblings, on the 4-block journey with the goal to encourage everyone to make choices to bring healthy changes.
Ms. Vega reported that across the nation, 5,613 participated in the National Walk to School Day, which is the largest number to date.
Ms. Vega has several initiatives throughout the year to encourage exercise in any form from the addition of a smaller walking track in Joe Roberson Park which is perfect for parents pushing a stroller or walking with toddlers and senior citizens; several runs throughout the year; conducting the Wilburton Diggers and Fitness Program which started with 40 for Phase 1 and ended with 160 participants in Phase 2; and offering both summer and fall athletic programs for the youth of Wilburton.
"The desired cumulative results for these programs is a healthier community, stated Ms. Vega. "We have programs for toddlers, for youth, for adults, and our senior citizens. It is never too early nor too late to begin taking steps to improve your health."
For details or information on any of the programs, contact Ms. Vega at 918-465-5361.