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posted: 3/13/2014 8:01 AM

Judson University to host health walk

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  • Madhu Krishnamurthy

      Madhu Krishnamurthy

 
 

Judson University's Health Education and Promotion class invites the Elgin community to join in the Every Body Walk! event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lindner Tower, Classroom D, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.

The event is part of Elgin's March Into Health month, an annual program to promote physical activity in the community. The March Into Health program is coordinated by Activate Elgin, an organization engaging all sectors of the community to work together to provide residents with opportunities to improve their health, well-being and overall quality of life.

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This is Judson University's third year partnering with Active Elgin.

"The Elgin community is one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois, so we want to ensure the public is well aware of different outlets to practice physical activity for free in the area," said Judson's exercise and sport sciences professor Cathy Headley, who coordinates Judson's partnership with Activate Elgin.

She also teaches the Health Education and Promotion class that is hosting the Every Body Walk! event.

"Inactivity and unhealthy lifestyles account for 60 percent of the nation's medical care cost, and results in over 670,000 premature deaths each year," Headley said.

"With Activate Elgin, we're working to help people avoid being victims of the unhealthy lifestyle trend that's present in America."

For information about the walk, visit everybodywalk.org.

For information about Elgin's March Into Health month activities, visit activateelgin.org.

Last day to apply for scholarship: Elgin Area School District U-46 is seeking applications for its third annual Superintendent Scholarship program, established in 2012 to support students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

In the last two years, the district has awarded more than 50 $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

"We designed this program to help inspire students who may not have ever dreamed that college could be a reality for them," Superintendent José Torres said in a news release.

"Many of our past scholarship recipients weren't at the top of their class academically, but they demonstrated perseverance and a commitment to their education. Being part of the first generation in your family to attend college is a huge accomplishment that deserves recognition."

The scholarship fund is sponsored by generous donations from area community and business partners. Torres said he would support the program by matching donations up to $10,000.

Applications are available online at u-46.org and must be submitted to high school guidance offices by Friday, March 14. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April and are required to attend an awards ceremony set for April 30.

U-46 also is accepting donations to the scholarship fund. To make a donation by phone, call Rachel Traficanti at (847) 888-5000, Ext. 6028. Donations also can be made online at u-46.org/foundation/.

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