Downtown Needles, CA: Walking together for a healthier community during Mental Health Systems Needles Center For Change’s Health and Wellness One Mile Walk.

Downtown Needles, CA: Walking together for a healthier community during Mental Health Systems Needles Center For Change’s Health and Wellness One Mile Walk.

The Mental Health Systems Needles Center For Change held a Health and Wellness One Mile Walk on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 in Downtown Needles, California.

Around 50 people, including families with kids and officials from the Needles City Council and Needles Unified School District, put on their good walking shoes and participated in this first mile walk event for the Needles Center For Change, trying to promote good health for the new year and getting people more active in their community.

Participates walked two times around along H Street, Front Street, E Street and back onto Third Street, passing the historic El Garces Train Depot, World War 1 cannon at Santa Fe Park and the old Claypool building.

Patrick Martinez, Director of Development Services for the City of Needles and who participated in the 26.2 mile Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon 2018, was among those who participated in the walk event, as well as Needles City Council Members Timothy Terral, Shawn Gudmundson and Zachery Longacre, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil.

A young local girl name Marie (Pictured Above) made it back to the finish point at the Needles Center for Change building first before the rest of the group arrived.

Many of those participating in the walk just enjoyed socializing with other locals and getting their new year goal of being healthy and active started off right.

After the walk, participates all gathered at the Needles Center for Change building for cold drinking water, fresh fruit and prize giveaways.

ZachNews spoke with organizers at Needles Center for Change regarding the event and thanking all of those who participated as well as those who gave prizes for the event, including Gary Lewis from River City Pizza Company in Needles, California, Al Hernandez from Tri State Athletic Club in Needles, California, Joe Jones with Subway in Needles, California and both Walmart and Safeway in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

Organizers hope to plan another walk event, possibly adding another mile or two, and looking into other free public events that promote health and wellness for the community.

**** Great work everybody who participated in the walk and great work to all of the people who donated to the event and to all of the organizers for helping to put on this walk for a healthy start to the new year, for the community. ****

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