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By Terry Dean
(Courtesy Oak Park Elementary School District 97)
On Jan. 6, 2012, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the "Walk Across Illinois Challenge," an initiative to help improve the health and wellness of Illinois residents. He called on state residents to walk 167 miles during 2012 to improve their own health. Students from Hatch Elementary School and Brooks Middle School joined the governor, as well as former players from the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls, for the launch of the program at the United Center last Friday.
In addition to announing the program, Quinn appointed retired District 97 teacher Sandy Noel as the co-chair for the Governor's Council on Health and Fitness. A Golden Apple award-winning teacher and physical fitness instructor, Noel will co-chair the Council with former Chicago Bear and Super Bowl champion Otis Wilson.