Smoking, obesity top north Okaloosa County health concerns

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 02:43 PM.

"One of our community planning groups is focusing on how would we inventory the recreational opportunities where county residents could go walking safely, where they could go to a health facility and walk a track or ride a bike," Chapman said.

Such facilities exist at the city level. The Crestview Recreation Department's inclusion of exercise equipment along the half-mile walking, jogging and biking trail proved a popular addition to Twin Hills Park.

On a nippy March morning, Crestview resident Marilyn Stephens was getting in a vigorous workout on the rowing machine.

"I like it out here," she said. "There's no traffic. Why get a gym membership when this is available for free?

Staying active is important to Larry Caskey, who made his morning walks around the track part of his daily routine — “like brushing my teeth,” he said.

Stephens and Caskey said residents of all ages use the city’s health facilities.

"Different times of day, you'll see different people out here," Caskey said, adding that college students, young mothers with infants in strollers, and "folks in their 80s" are among regulars he encounters.

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