Mayor promotes healthy living and a healthier environment

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

The Mayor has plans for a healthier and more environmentally friendly Lincoln.

“Lincoln's wellness goal is to become the healthiest community in the nation,” Mayor Chris Buetler said at a press conference on Thursday.

A year ago, the Mayor challenged Lincoln to take part in a 5-year challenge to get healthy.

On program is called Streets Alive, where a street is closed for a few hours during a day in September so families can bike, walk, run or skateboard. 

There's also a shoe drive initiative and a plan to help people grow their own veggies.

“As Soles4Souls international spokesperson, I've been able to travel to Haiti and Honduras and other places all around the globe and hold in my hands the feet of kids who have never had a pair of shoes,” Maggi Thorne, Soles4Souls Spokesperson, said.

“Let's Grow! Lincoln is excited to encourage Lincolnites to grow some of their own food. If you grow it, you'll eat it,” Rosina Paolini, Let's Grow Lincoln, said.

The Mayor also announced this year's Earth Day plans which include a farmer's market and information on recycling.

Here are the full details of each program:

Streets Alive!

This fourth annual health and wellness event is from 1 to 5 p.m. September 14. The entire route is closed to vehicular traffic so families can safely bike, walk, run, skate or skateboard. Participants can enter at any location along the route. Activities along the route will include entertainment, informational exhibits, the Everett Neighborhood Festival and VegFest presented by Community CROPS at the “F” Street Neighborhood Church. Streets Alive! is produced by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln in collaboration with the Near South and Everett neighborhood associations and many community sponsors, partners and volunteers.

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Earth Day

Activities from noon to 5 p.m. include a farmer's market, food trucks, entertainment, kids activities, green vehicle demonstrations, a fashion show and about 90 exhibitors with information on recycling, renewable energy, sustainability and healthy living. Union Plaza is a hub for Lincoln's trails system, so biking is encouraged, and bike valet service will be available. Assurity is providing free parking in its garage. Both 21st and 22nd streets from “P” to “Q” streets will be closed.

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“The “Greatest Shoe Drive on Earth”

The goal of the campaign is to earn Lincoln another Guinness World record for the “most shoes collected for recycling in one attempt.” The effort is being led by Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization; the Lincoln Solid Waste and Recycling Association; the Minnow Project; and the City's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative. From April 12 through May 17, usable shoes can be donated at drop-off sites across Lincoln. From May 11 through 16, local waste haulers will pick up donated shoes during their normal trash pickup. Shoes also can be taken to a celebration May 17 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Plaza to announce the new record.

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“Let's Grow! Get Out and Garden.”

The campaign is aimed at encouraging more gardening in Lincoln by encouraging people to take a pledge to grow their own vegetables in home or community gardens. It grew out of the “Let's Move” effort and is an initiative of the Local Foodshed Working Group made up of local farmers, gardeners, organizations and individuals.

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