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Summer Program Encourages Exploration of Springfield

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A program that kicked off this week encourages people to get healthy while having fun at the same time.  The Passport to Healthy Living can be picked up at several area locations.  Participants use clues in the passport as their guide to discover parks, libraries and other resources to healthy living. 

Jenny Fillmer Edwards, spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board says it’s “like a treasure hunt, designed to help people discover new things they may not have known about their community."  She says many of the questions can’t be answered with an internet search, so participants have to explore to find the answers.

Those who answer at least half of the 26 questions can turn the passport in by August 8th to receive a small gift from AARP and be entered into a drawing for prizes—one is a Real Pad digital tablet.

Prize winners will be announced at the Passport to Healthy Living ice skating party August 22nd at 10 am at Mediacom Ice Park.

Passports are available at Springfield-Greene County Library branches in Springfield, at any Park Board family center, the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, WIC and Mediacom Ice Park.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.