Downtown Cartersville's Historic Wellness Walk takes shape
by Marie Nesmith
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Meeting at the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s office to discuss the creation of a Historic Wellness Walk brochure are, from left, Cathy Green and Lisa Greeby, Northwest Georgia Public Health District; Lauren Brunette, Community Health Network; and Tara Currier, Cartersville DDA. SKIP BUTLER/
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Meeting at the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s office to discuss the creation of a Historic Wellness Walk brochure are, from left, Cathy Green and Lisa Greeby, Northwest Georgia Public Health District; Lauren Brunette, Community Health Network; and Tara Currier, Cartersville DDA. SKIP BUTLER/ The Daily Tribune News
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Placing an educational spin on physical activity, the Community Health Network is creating the Downtown Cartersville’s Historic Wellness Walk in partnership with Bartow History Museum and Cartersville Downtown Development Authority.

“I am working on a community health initiative with the Community Health Network,” said Lauren Brunette, coordinator of the Historic Wellness Walk and Healthy Bartow with Community Health Network. “Basically my role in the community is to create sustainable projects to help people be healthier through increasing their physical activity and their eating habits. So we thought that doing a historic walking tour would create different opportunities to be active.

“So what I’m going to do is I’m going to create three different walking routes in the historic area of downtown. So visitors can come visit and then residents in the area can come down to the train depot to pick up their brochure and kind of just walk around the downtown area, follow one of the routes while learning the history of Cartersville. So it’s something active to do in the community and it’s for those people who don’t necessarily like to exercise. It kind of get their minds off of things through the historic aspects of it.”

On Tuesday, the Historic Wellness Walk received a financial boost from Northwest Georgia Public Health District. A $2,000 donation from the district’s health promotions department will go toward the brochure’s printing costs. The guides will enhance the self-led walks with maps and details on historical landmarks featured along the three routes.

“We’re donating $2,000 for getting this project started with Community Health Network and Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and the Bartow History Museum to create the Historic Wellness Walk project,” said Lisa Greeby, Health Services program manager for Northwest Georgia Public Health District. “[This project is important] because it is a way for people to increase their physical activity, which is where this money is coming from, this initiative. We hope to motivate people who are not regular walkers to start walking.”

The Historic Wellness Walk will officially launch Sept. 14 with the Healthy Bartow Historic 5K at Rose Lawn Museum, 224 W. Cherokee Ave.

Starting at Rose Lawn Museum, the path will highlight one of Cartersville’s historic residential districts. After registration from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., participants will depart at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 through Sept. 13 and $30 afterward. Walkers and runners also are encouraged to sign up in advance at www.active.com — keyword is Healthy Bartow Historic 5K. Along with the Historic Wellness Walk, proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Bartow History Museum’s operations and Rose Lawn Museum’s Save the Carriage House initiative.

“[The 5K] event is to promote this project,” Brunette said. “I wanted to partner with the Rose Lawn Museum because that is a historical landmark that will be featured on the maps. And I thought it would be a great way to advertise the event because it’s the same weekend of the Rose Lawn arts and crafts festival.

“So it’s already going to be a busy time and we thought it would be a great opportunity for people to come out, enjoy the fall weather and the 5K event and then kind of hang around and enjoy the [Arts] Festival at Rose Lawn.”

For more information about the Historic Wellness Walk or the 5K event, contact Brunette at 770-334-2480 or lbrunette@chn-corp.com.