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Dakota County Public Health staff get out for a walk Thursday. The department runs a free four-month walking program called Simple Steps. The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Dakota County.

Walking program pushes fitness


Walking regularly has all sorts of benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can help people maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, strengthen bones and lift your mood.

To encourage walking and its benefits, Dakota County Public Health annually sponsors a four-month walking program called Simple Steps.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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