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Walk Across Wilson raises thousands for schools

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Stepping up to promote good health paid off in a big way for county and city schools.

On Saturday, more than 2,000 attended the kick-off for Walk Across Wilson, a four-week walking program aimed at improving physical activity in a fun way.

Sponsored by Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon, Wilson County Health Council and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Walk Across Wilson encourages participants to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week. If the training schedule is followed for the length of the program, this activity is equal to walking from the Smith County line to the Davidson County line via Interstate 40.

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon is donating $5 to the school of students who attended Saturday's kick-off event at Don Fox Park.

While organizers estimate that 1,000 county and city students were in attendance, at more than 250, Coles Ferry Elementary had the highest number representing a single school.

Teams representing Tennova, Prospect and Cumberland University had the largest representation on the community side. The Wilson County School District was represented by Tuckers Crossroads, Southside and West Elementary.

"If high turnout at the kick-off is any indication," Director of School Health and Athletics for Wilson County Schools Chuck Whitlock continues, "I can't wait to see how many will show up when the event culminates for closing ceremonies in April."

There's still time to get involved. For training logs, event pictures and more information on how to form a team, visit the Walk Across Wilson page on Facebook.

Writer Becky Andrews may be contacted at

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