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Walk toward health at this week’s Mercury Mile

Walkers participate in The Mercury Mile walk, a weekly lunchtime exercise. Michilea Patterson — The Mercury

Walkers participate in The Mercury Mile walk, a weekly lunchtime exercise. Michilea Patterson — The Mercury

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> Learn how the area is on its way to a culture of health at this week’s Mercury Mile walk noon Wednesday at the Smith Family Plaza.

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation will host the next Mercury Mile starting from the plaza located at 100 E. High St. The plaza is right next to Pottstown Borough Hall.

The foundation serves residents of the borough and within a 10-mile radius by providing healthy living opportunities. Next month, the foundation will organize their second annual local park contest to promote outdoor fitness activities. Last year, Hickory Park of New Hanover won $10,000 to go toward renovations and improvements. To find out more about the foundation’s efforts, visit their website at www.pottstownfoundation.organd come to Wednesday’s walk at noon.

The Mercury Mile is a great opportunity to get out of the office or the house to enjoy a relaxing short walk. The weekly event promotes walking as a free exercise. It also gives the community the opportunity to talk with area organizations. Often, different businesses or organizations host The Mercury Mile. The walk travels from one organization to the next encouraging staff to walk at lunch and inviting the community to join as well. Walkers are asked to bring business cards or contact information to exchange. Find out what’s going on in the area and form new partnerships.

Businesses that host The Mercury Mile will be featured in our “Businesses in Motion” section online and in the print newspaper. Organizations interested in hosting the walk should email Michilea Patterson at or call 610-850-0282 to schedule a time.

To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website and like the Facebook page Walkers can also be added to The Mercury Mile email list by contacting Michilea Patterson at Send your name from the email you would like to use, and each week the mile’s location will be sent to you as well as other healthy living events coming up in the area.

If there is inclement weather, The Mercury Mile will meet at the Pottstown YMCA indoor track. Participants are to meet in the lobby and will then travel upstairs to the track as a group. The Pottstown YMCA is located at 724 N. Adams St. Membership isn’t required to use the track at this time.

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