Disc golf course is another reason to get moving

Marietta-area residents have another tool in the fight to stay healthy and active, with the opening of a 9-hole disc golf course at Gold Star Park this week.

“This is what this area needs,” said Julian Powell, a disc course owner in Vienna who attended the opening. “This whole course was designed for practice and the family to really enjoy.”

The project was funded by a $5,000 Creating Healthy Communities grant through the Washington County Health Department.

Washington County and many other Ohio communities are in desperate need of such resources. The Buckeye State has an adult obesity rate of more than 30 percent. Obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, some cancers, arthritis, stroke and plenty of other health issues.

One way to combat obesity is, of course, to move more.

“It’s almost a mile around the whole course, because you zig zag from spot to spot,” said Sherry Ellem, coordinator of the Creating Healthy Communities program.

There is no expensive equipment required — medium-distance discs can be checked out at the Washington County Public Library. All that is required is a desire to play, to get out and move.

Take advantage of this and other opportunities throughout our communities to walk, run, bike, work out and play. Every little bit helps, and who knows? You might have a little fun on your path to wellness.