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March 20, 2007




(Jackson, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour officially proclaimed March 20, 2007, as “Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi Day” as part of his Healthy Mississippi campaign, which focuses on providing more and better ways to improve the health of Mississippi residents, such as school children, working adults, and senior citizens.


“Today’s proclamation is just one way we are continuing to increase public awareness of the health benefits of walking—a simple, fun, and inexpensive way to improve your health,” Governor Barbour said.


Below is the full text of Governor Barbour’s “Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi Day” proclamation:


WHEREAS, Mississippi faces serious health challenges related to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other conditions; and


WHEREAS, walking is proven to be a simple and effective method for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and


WHEREAS, walking can help Mississippi’s children develop healthy habits at an early age that can be sustained throughout their lives; and


WHEREAS, walking is inexpensive, low-impact, and fun for people of all ages; and


WHEREAS, Mississippi has hundreds of miles of walking trails and beautiful historic areas for walking; and


WHEREAS, Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi is a community health program that encourages walking and provides walking support for Mississippians;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim Tuesday, March 20, 2007, as


“Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi Day”


in the State of Mississippi, and challenge the people of our great state to embrace a healthier lifestyle and to follow the lead of our Legislature by holding community walks across Mississippi.