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Monday, December 03, 2007

Charleston Area Alliance promotes community and wellness through walking

On Nov. 15, the Charleston Area Alliance and members from the community, braved a blustery morning as they took part in the Walkstyles’ WeWhoWalk Tour, as part of a national campaign to spread the message of wellness through walking – an ambitious, healthful endeavor covering all 50 states in just 50 weeks.

Participants met at Bluegrass Kitchen for a healthy breakfast and then were led by Sue Parks, CEO of Walkstyles, Inc., and Matt Ballard, Charleston Area Alliance president/CEO.

“I am very excited that the Alliance and other walking enthusiasts took part in the WeWhoWalk Tour,” said Ballard. “We all need to make an effort to take better care of ourselves, and help raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.”

The WeWhoWalk Tour is the idea of Parks, whose company WalkStyles is dedicated to helping people live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that includes walking. Parks enlisted the sponsorship of United HealthCare to move this concept forward. Additional sponsors are American Airlines, Citracal, Lindora Comprehensive Weight Control, Foot Solutions, Liberty Fitness, and a nationally syndicated radio program, the Satellite Sisters.

To learn more about WalkStyles Inc., and how you can get involved, visit


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