"We had 164 participants," Lathrop said. "Exercise stimulates your endorphins, all your 'feel good' stuff."
Orman agreed, saying that once young people see the benefits of healthy living, it can become a habit.
"I'm pleased with the response," she said, adding that one pleasant surprise has been the response from OHS teachers. "Over half of them are doing something, some sort of exercise, every day."
Lathrop said she first heard about the walk while with a group of trainees at the Iowa State Fair. There was a booth promoting the walk, and that's the kind of fun that fits in with the lifestyle she wants to see young people practicing.
"When we were finished, some of the trainees already said we should do this every week," she said.
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