Dear Editor:

I was excited to see the coverage of “Building a Healthier Tennessee, One Community at a Time” on Feb. 1 as well as the editorial on Monday, Feb. 5. This initiative is important for individuals and communities. As vice president of the East Tennessee Wanderers, which is part of the American Volkssport Association (AVA), I believe that our club can be part of the solution.

As Miller stated in her article, “People who won’t walk around a track will walk downtown or to a store.” The Wanderers promote just that type of activity with walks in Blount County and the surrounding area. Our Maryville walk passes by the new superheroes mural and uses part of the greenbelt, including the historic timeline close to the Health Department.

Our club typically hosts two walks a month with both 5- and 10-kilometer options. As part of the AVA, we also have a low-cost incentive program for those who want to track their walks and earn awards for completion. More information, including our calendar for the year, is available at our website: www.easttennesseewander

Our next walk is in Townsend on Saturday, Feb. 17, with 6-, 11- and 14-kilometer options. If you’re ready for some fun, fitness and friendship, lace up those shoes and join us!

Kathryn King

Woodgate Drive


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