Come celebrate National Walk to Work Day, and kick off Walk or Bike to Work and School Week by joining the community for Edinburg’s Healthy Living Festival, Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edinburg’s City Hall Plaza, located at 415 W. University Drive.

The Healthy Living Festival is part of the city’s ongoing effort to achieve the goals of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, adopted by the City of Edinburg on July 15, 2008.

The goals include creating and promoting healthy transportation options such as pedestrian and bicycling facilities, including sidewalks, bike lanes and hike and bike trails. This has been put together in an effort to promote walking and bicycling in the community as an alternative transportation option and to improve the overall health of its citizens.

Sponsors and participants of the event will have tables set up and will provide information to guests that will educate and encourage and support walking, bicycling, and/or dedicated to improving the overall health of citizens and the quality of life and sustainability of the community.

Gourmet coffee and iced tea will be served throughout the day, compliments of Coffee Zone. People will have an opportunity to take the “Walk or Bike to Work and School Pledge” and receive a gift. Those who pledge will have an opportunity to set an example to the community by walking or biking to work or school at least once during National Walk to Work Day, April 3, or Edinburg Walk or Bike to Work and School Week, April 4 to April 10. Those who sign the pledge acknowledge all of the following benefits of walking and bicycling as a form of transportation:

Walking and biking for my transportation choices make Edinburg a more livable and attractive place;

Walking and biking improve health and reduce many health risks;

Walking 30 to 60 minutes a day lowers weight and greatly reduces our risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes;

By limiting driving and choosing to walk or bike, we not only save money on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, but we also reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on global warming and the associated environmental costs;

Giving people the option of walking and biking reduces traffic congestion, protects the environment, and encourages physical activity;

Compact pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities allow residents to walk and bike to shops, services, cultural resources, and jobs and can reduce traffic congestion and benefit people’s health.

Sponsorship and booths are still available. For more information about the event, contact Mark Peña at (956) 383-4951 or email