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Walkathon Raises Awareness of Health and Hunger

Posted September 27, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Step by step and mile by mile, walkers hit the pavement Saturday for the National walkathon for health and hunger.

Walking is good for your health, but many walking warriors went the extra mile to stomp out hunger.

Jermaine Hicks came out Saturday. He says "we're out to raise money for people that are hungry and the disadvantaged."

The walkathon included the old and the young. It was a family affair for health. Nine-year-old Meredith Smith has learned the value of walking.

It's for healthy bodies and stuff like that so you can get healthier.

One little boy, Clayton, was too young to get on the walking trail but he went along for the ride to cheer everyone on. Dudley Flood says Saturday's walk will help people realize that good health begins with good food and good exercise.

"We want to set an example for the youth that walking isn't just for the old folks," Flood explains. "It's a beneficial activity and one that we badly need."