Walking advocate Mark Fenton to speak Oct. 7

Sept. 18, 2009

Mark Fenton, the nation’s most recognized walking advocate, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Fenton’s speech, “Connecting our health to the places we live, learn, work and play,” is open to the public with no charge for admission.

On the mornings of Oct. 7 and 8, Fenton will be the guest lecturer for the personal fitness and wellness courses taught by Greg Lonning, director of the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program at Luther College. Fenton will share his passions about the health benefits related to walking and biking.

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fenton has authored several books on walking for fitness.

He is a five-time member of the United States national race walking team and former editor/columnist for Walking Magazine.

Fenton also hosted various PBS television programs on walking, including a 13-part series titled “America’s Walking.”

As a speaker, he has addressed a variety of groups, from professional engineering and safety organizations to advocacy groups and public health education symposia.

Fenton’s appearance at Luther is supported by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.