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Students Host Saturday Heart Healthy Walk
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Some Riverbank High School students want you to 'get fit, get active and get healthy.' And they are putting on an event to get you started in that direction.

RHS senior Christian Vega has taken on the lead role in organizing Riverbank's Walk of Health, scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 27. It is his Senior Project, a requirement for all seniors at the high school. Each senior must come up with a project, develop the plan and present the outline at a meeting with school and community officials prior to putting on the actual event. Many do fundraisers for different charities, some take on work experience, but all are designed to get the student motivated and thinking ahead to possible career choices.

For Vega, the goal is to focus on health.

"I like to see it happen, the students getting involved," said Riverbank City Administrative Assistant Luanne Bain, who is working with Vega on coordinating the project. "This is the first time we've gotten involved on this end."

Vega's Senior Project is benefiting the American Heart Association, with registration for the health and fitness walk beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 9:20 a.m. Saturday. The walk will be at Castleberg Park, at Eighth and Kentucky in Riverbank, with onsite registration. The walk itself will begin after registration closes, with the first lap starting at 9:30 a.m.

Participants will have a chance to warm up and do stretching exercises, overseen by Vega and his assistants, prior to starting out. The walk will continue until 11 a.m. and follow a meandering path around the park.

"They've got a paved path and any and all can come," Bain said.

A city-issued press release, in fact, indicates everyone is invited - "youngsters, oldsters, and in-betweens" included, as well as babies in strollers, accompanied by the people to push them.

The event is free, sponsored by Riverbank High School students and raffle tickets will be handed out to those registering, with drawings done for various prizes at the conclusion of the heart healthy walk at 11 a.m.

There will also be a free continental breakfast provided and information will be available about how you can help prevent heart disease, which is the number one killer of men and women.

Additional information is available by calling 863-8360.