Smoking, obesity top Okaloosa County health concerns

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

The Crestview No Child Without Health Care Fair at Crestview High School is sponsored by local doctors and community leaders, including members of the J.L. Conyers Masonic Lodge. It offers families the opportunity for free health screenings and information as kids head back to school.

Crestview's 'outdoor gym'

"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 already 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?

Now retired, Larry Caskey said keeping active is important so he has made his morning walks around the track part of his daily routine, "like brushing my teeth."

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