Governor leads Wellness Walk

By: Brittany Paris

Nebraskans were encouraged to stretch their legs on Thursday as part of the LiveWell Team Challenge.

The walk kicked off the 2013 LiveWell Challenge Series, giving motivation and information to people seeking a healthier lifestyle.

Dozens of people rounded the Capitol Building, taking part in the 11th annual Wellness Walk. Walkers laced up on the second floor to pledge their commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

The 30 minute walk was lead by Gov. Dave Heineman, asking Nebraskans to start the year on the right foot.

“When we're exercising more frequently, we are healthier, we do a better job at work,” Heineman said.

For the past 11 years, participants have lost an average of 4.5 pounds.

Ashley Miller, UNL Track & Field All-American, enjoyed seeing all the faces this year.

“My whole life is revolved around living a healthy lifestyle,” Miller said. “And to have all these people show up and come together for something that is so meaningful to me is very, very awesome.”

Teams of two to ten people will get weekly motivational tips on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Participants in the LiveWell Team Challenge can track their progress by logging it online.

To sign up for the challenge, you can go to