Walking guru Mark Fenton to speak at Luther Oct. 7

Oct. 1, 2009

Mark Fenton, the nation’s most recognized walking advocate, will visit Luther College Oct. 7-8 to speak about walking, biking and community encouragement of healthy behaviors. Fenton is in Decorah courtesy of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Fenton will give the presentation “Connecting Our Health to the Places We Live, Learn, Work and Play” at 7 p.m. in Luther’s Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.  His presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission.  He will guest lecture for personal fitness and wellness classes at Luther on both Oct. 7 and 8.

Fenton will also help the Food & Fitness Initiative launch a “Safe Routes to School” regional pilot program, which is an international program to increase safety in walking and bicycling to school.  Representatives from the northeast Iowa area’s six pilot schools and communities will participate in a workshop in Elkader, Iowa, on Thursday, Oct. 8.

A graduate of MIT, Fenton is a five-time member of the United States national race walking team, and a former editor-at-large and columnist for Walking Magazine.  He has hosted various television programs on walking and has written several books.

For more information, visit www.iowafoodandfitness.org.