New province-wide health initiative launches in Toronto with Deputy
    Premier & Minister of Education as Walk Leaders!

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Healthy living and environmental wellness are
the focus next weekend as Honourary Walk Leaders, Deputy Premier, George
Smitherman and Education Minister, Kathleen Wynne get ready to "Walk the Talk"
at the inaugural ONTARIO WALKS festival in Toronto, on Sunday, April 29th from
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    ONTARIO WALKS is a new province-wide health initiative that encourages
Ontarians to be proactive by taking responsibility for their personal and
environmental wellness. The pair of Toronto Walks begin at 10 a.m. from two
starting points: Starbucks (1084 Yonge Street location at Roxborough) and
Sandy Bruce Park (at the northeast corner of Bayview and Moore Avenue) with a
5 KM walk through the Rosedale Valley Ravine converging into the Don Valley
    "Better health can begin with just one simple step," said George
Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "I am
proud to support this initiative to encourage Ontarians to get active and
incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Whether it's walking to school,
to work, to shop, we can all make it a habit to stay active."
    ONTARIO WALKS is supported by the Ontario government, private business
and the Ontario Medical Association. "Physicians are strongly supportive of
this initiative," said Dr. David Bach, OMA president. "Regular exercise like
walking provides tangible health benefits and an improved sense of well-being.
Coupled with the Smoke Free Ontario Act, this has the potential of a
significant impact on the health of the people of Ontario."
    ONTARIO WALKS is the creation of Toronto resident, Tom Fiore, who
originally founded the Toronto Trails Festival as a result of the health
benefits he noticed from his daily walking routine. As part of the baby boomer
population, Fiore wanted to ensure that he stayed fit and healthy and realized
an urgent need for a province-wide event that would encourage self reliance on
personal health and environmental wellness. "Something special happens when
people take responsibility for their wellness through walking," said Tom
Fiore. "They care more about their environment, adopt better health habits,
and become more active, fit, aware, productive, healthy & involved citizens."
    ONTARIO WALKS events take place April 29th to June 3rd and features free
guided Walks as follows:

    -   Toronto: Sunday, April 29th - An exploration through the ravines of
    -   Toronto: Sunday, May 6th - A journey through the Eastern Beaches
    -   Toronto: Sunday, May 13th - A hike through the Rouge Valley
    -   London: Sunday, May 20th - A choice amongst three great walks in the
        Forest City!
    -   Windsor: Monday, May 21st - A "birthday walk" in celebration of the
        city's 115th anniversary!
    -   Sault Ste. Marie: Sunday, May 27th - A tour of St. Mary's River
    -   Ottawa: Sunday, June 3rd - Grande Finale at Parliament Hill

    ONTARIO WALKS is produced by Momentum 1 - Community In Motion, a
registered non-profit organization dedicated to motivating communities and
individuals in Ontario by encouraging self-reliance on personal and
environmental wellness. To join an ONTARIO WALKS event near you, visit
www.ontariowalks.com for more information.

For further information:

For further information: ONTARIO WALKS: Tilla Seh, Media Relations
Officer, Tel: (905) 486-9889, Email: tilla@theplatformgroup.net, Web:
www.ontariowalks.com; MOMENTUM 1: Tom Fiore, President, Tel: (416) 598-3300
Ext. 1, Email: tomfiore@momentum1.org, Web: www.momentum1.org; ONTARIO MEDICAL
ASSOCIATION: Media Hotline: Tel: (416) 340-2862, Toll-free: 1-800-268-7215
ext. 2862, Email: media@oma.org, Web: www.oma.org

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