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Rail trail naming, ribbon cutting, walking for health rescheduled for Wednesday, May 3

Due to inclement weather, the April 5th rail trail naming, ribbon cutting and Walking for Health, the first walk in the Every Body Walk Newton series, has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:45 PM as the last walk in the four-walk series.

Join us for the grand finale as we unveil the trail name and logo, walk the newly-paved section of rail trail and distribute t-shirts to those who have participated in at least three of the four walks in the series. Meet at 5:45 PM at the Elm Street trailhead. Parking is available in the Newton County parking deck.

Piedmont Healthcare is sponsoring the 2017 Every Body Walk series, and our walk leaders for the grand finale event will be Piedmont orthopedic surgeons Dr. Justin Kunes and Dr. Renee Riley. Dr. Kunes and Dr. Riley will talk about obesity and the benefits of walking before leading us on a walk on the newly-paved half mile of rail trail as well as a half mile of primitive (gravel) rail trail.

Every Body Walk Newton is a series of weekly community walks to benefit health, mind and soul. We'll build community as we have fun walking and talking together. Those who attend and sign in at three out of the four walks in the series will receive an original Newton Trails t-shirt. T-shirts will be distributed at the grand finale walk on Wednesday, May 3.

Our thanks to Piedmont for sponsoring Every Body Walk Newton and other Newton Trails walks throughout 2017. For the latest health tips, recipes and expert advice or to sign up for Piedmont's monthly Living Better e-newsletter, visit

The revised Every Body Walk Newton schedule is as follows:
April 5: RESCHEDULED due to inclement weather.

April 12: The Economics of Trails and Recreation, Yellow River Park and Trails: Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Porterdale Depot at Railroad and Broad Streets with Mayor Arline Chapman and Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins

April 19: Trails and Property Values, Eastside Trail: Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Library/Chimney Park end of the Eastside Trail with Kristy Stubbs-Henderson, incoming president of East Metro Board of Realtors

April 26: Community Building on the Trail, Turner Lake Complex to the rail trail in Covington

Beginning at 6 p.m. at Turner Lake Complex in the parking lot in front of the recreation center with Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes

May 3: Ribbon Cutting, Trail Naming and Walking for Health...and T-shirts! Rail trail in Covington

Beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the Elm Street trailhead in Covington with Piedmont orthopedic surgeons Dr. Justin Kunes and Dr. Renee Riley