Local Community Promotes Healthy Living

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- An area in the Valley has improved safety for young students walking to school, While at the same time teaching students about healthy living and eating organically.

Principal Anne Lintner at Keister Elementary School said the goal is to encourage students to be more active and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The walking trail goes from Keister Elementary School to the University Place community. With the help of more than 100 volunteers, they were able to clear away low hanging shrubbery and make the path a much safer path to walk.

"Gardening together, it teaches a lot of values we believe in. First off, about healthy food and growing your own food. And about having fun together, enjoying being with your family, doing something meaningful and being outside," said Lintner.

Pedro Guerrero lives in University Place and said this garden will help teach his daughter to live a healthier life.

"You can show the kids so many things out here.. That's something I would have liked to have learned when I was young. So, now I can teach my daughter," said Guerrero.

Lintner said they originally thought it would take several days to complete the walking trail. But, there was so much community support, they were able to complete it in just a couple hours.

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