Walking initiative takes first step in Mason City

BLUE ZONES WALKING VO 10

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MASON CITY, Iowa – Experts are coming from miles away to offer insight on how north Iowans can improve their pathways, whether they’re traveling by bike, wheelchair, or foot.

Experts say the resources are there and it doesn’t take much to be able to see the potential that the Mason City community has to make mobility a priority.

Dan Burden is a Coordinator for Walkable and Liveable Communities based out of Washington state and is in Mason City with one goal in mind.

To find ways to make walking, biking and running more convenient for all.

“The Blue Zones initiatives are going to make it a very simple and easy thing to do again. not to rely so much on the automobile but more on our own feet and to do the things that keep us in motion,” said Burden.

In a meeting organized by the Blue Zones initiative of Mason City, health and wellness representatives are sharing their thoughts on what they believe will help promote healthy lifestyle choices.

“We can get out, we can walk, we can bike, we can run and through these things we’ll be able to have a more walk-able and bike-able community,” said Craig Clark, Chairman of the Blue Zones’ Complete Street Policy.

According to Dan, the city does many things well when it comes to providing transportation options but the most important thing is to simply help others stay active.

“People have had exercise or activities removed from their lines. Sometimes planned activities but what keeps people healthy is to be able to go out of their own door, into their neighborhood, take walks, meet people, socialize and it works at any age. From a very young child to the most senior person,” said Burden.

The discussion group is meant to be a first step for the initiative and a time to brainstorm and offer up their ideas.

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