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Pictured with a map detailing how many miles they’ve walked in the past two years are some of the Holyoke Lions Club Pride Walkers participants, from left, Mark Meusborn, Matt Meusborn, Gayla Mayden, Bob Malesich, Mary Tomky, Jim Tomky and Larry Stein. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Lions Club celebrates exercise challenge for World Diabetes Day

Saturday, Nov. 14, was World Diabetes Day, and members of the Holyoke Lions Club had much to celebrate last weekend after a two-year exercise challenge.

In November 2018, the Lions heard a diabetes awareness presentation by Dr. Rebecca Moore for World Diabetes Day. Hearing that exercise is very beneficial, 14 members took it upon themselves to see how many miles they could walk by World Diabetes Day in November 2019.

The participants, called Pride Walkers, logged 8,296 miles in that first year. The accomplishment was measured in yarn and pinned to a United States map so the participants could see how far their miles walked could take them around the perimeter of the country.

Moore once again asked the Lions to keep track of their miles for the next 12 months — this time with a challenge to top their number from the first year.

At their meeting last Thursday, Nov. 12, the Pride Walkers were pleased to report they made their goal, with 8,493 miles walked in the past year.

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