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'Get Active, Be Safe' initiative kicks off

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - With warmer weather on the way, several local organizations are teaming up to promote outdoor safety.

The "Get Active, Be Safe" campaign kicked off Thursday at the Madison Davis Bicycle Shop in Quincy. The month long initiative aims to educate cyclists, runners, and walkers about safety issues they face when they hit the streets this spring.
   
But the biggest focus of the campaign is to get more people outside and active.

"Adams County is actually the sixth most obese county in Illinois," Quincy Bicycle Club President Laura Sievert said. "A big component of this is the health component, not only learning to be more active, but to eat healthy and think about what we're putting in our bodies. Also, the effort we're putting out of our bodies. That's a statistic category we don't want to be winning."

'Get Active, Be Safe' month will feature many activities throughout the month of May. Events include National Bike to School Day on May 7 and the Bridge the Gap to Health Race on May 17.

The Quincy Bike Club, Heartland Road Runners and Walkers Club, Friends of the Trails, and the United Way of Adam's County are all participating with the campaign.
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