Did you know there are 67 public art installations in downtown Bellevue? And every Tuesday and Thursday through the summer, the downtown hosts an outdoor "Live at Lunch" concert.
Workers and residents can see it all if they participate in Walk Downtown Bellevue, a 10-week, 10,000-steps a day summer challenge to promote the city's walkability and help build a healthier community. Sponsored by the Bellevue Downtown Association and the City of Bellevue, this campaign is open to anyone who works or lives in or regularly visits downtown.
Walking downtown offers major benefits. It can be faster than driving and parking, it reduces pollution and it can improve health. Walking 20 minutes a day can burn off seven pounds of body fat per year and, on average, every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes.
The Live at Lunch concert series features a mix of rock'n'roll, jazz and country performances at a variety of venues, including the Symetra Financial Center, Bellevue Galleria, Skyline Tower and City Hall.
Walk Downtown Bellevue also features prizes, if the Prize Patrol spots you with a pedometer downtown. Southwest Airlines tickets and a $600 training program at Elite Fitness are among the big prizes for which participants could be eligible at the end of the competition.
To help participants track their walking for the challenge, which runs through Aug. 31, starter kits are offered with maps, energy drink mix, fitness tips and free pedometers. A web-based tracking program will make recording progress easy.
People can register for the event and pick up starter kits at the Bellevue Downtown Association, 500 108th Ave. NE, Suite 210; the Service First desk at City Hall; or Foot Zone Bellevue, 10640 Main St. The BDA has a web page devoted to Walk Downtown Bellevue.
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