New Downtown Signs Get Positive Response, Encourage Health

Updated: 09/04/2014 8:53 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 5:40 PM

Finding time to exercise can be tough, but some signage in downtown Duluth is looking to make it a little easier.

Eyewitness News first told you about these new signs back in July. There's 78 total that direct walkers and bikers around town. After a couple months, the Director of the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition said there's been a positive response. They're conducting surveys hoping to put up more permanent signs during the Superior Street Reconstruction Project.

"We're really a health-based community," Director Lisa Luokkala said. "So, I think it really encourages people to bike and walk, and hopefully some permanent signage will come out of the process."

This project is part of a broader effort by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to make changes in communities. The Center of Prevention Director said small steps like this can pay off down the road.

"Physical activity plays a major role in keeping people healthy," Director Janelle Waldock said. "We know when people aren't physically active it can lead to many different chronic diseases."

The Greater Downtown Council is also a partner for the project.

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