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FitPHX and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Debut WalkPHX WednesdaysFitPHX and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Debut WalkPHX Wednesdays<div class="ExternalClass31F1F1A4B0924A4889FE910ED4A6B3CB"><p>​<a href="/parks/fitphx">FitP​HX</a>, the city of Phoenix's healthy-living initiative, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will debut a new program named WalkPHX Wednesdays on March 14 at 5 p.m. in the west end of Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., in downtown Phoenix.<br></p><p>Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, this event focuses on fitness, socializing and building community interaction. WalkPHX Wednesdays will feature a 3.2-mile loop that will take walkers or runners through three city parks and past numerous businesses, restaurants and landmarks. Select food trucks also will be setup in Hance Park on a rotating schedule.<br></p><p>Check-in each week will be between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., and the event will run until approximately 7 p.m., with weekly prize drawings taking place at 6:45 p.m.</p><p>"WalkPHX Wednesdays encourages residents to get out and get active, and allows all members of the community a chance to get the physical and mental benefits from being outdoors," Councilman Daniel Valenzuela said. "Along with our partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, WalkPHX Wednesdays will engage thousands of residents to enjoy Hance Park and its open green spaces, and visit with local shops and restaurants. WalkPHX Wednesdays will continue to make downtown Phoenix a prime location for fitness and social cohesion. This event drives the mission of FitPHX by providing the community a free fitness opportunity to improve their health and help make Phoenix one of the healthiest cities in the nation."</p><p>Created in 2013, the FitPHX initiative is led by Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, with the goal of improving health and wellness in the region and making the Phoenix area one of the healthiest nationally. The initiative has created innovative collaborations between government, private sector, non-profits and universities to develop programming that gives citizens tools and education to be healthier.</p><p>Highlights of locations along the WalkPHX Wednesdays route include:<br></p><ul><li><p>Portland Parkway – A portion of the route that features green space, benches, local restaurants, galleries and shops. </p></li><li><p>Civic Space Park – Opened in 2009, this park incorporates sustainable design techniques to generate power and capture rain water. </p></li><li><p>Heritage Square Park – The oldest remaining residential block in the city, Heritage Square has a combination of museums, shopping and restaurants, including the historic Rosson House Museum. </p></li><li><p>University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus ­– A 30-acre medical education campus.</p></li><li><p>Arizona Center – An urban-contemporary environment that is ideal for shopping, dinner, live music and events. </p></li><li><p>Roosevelt Row – A walkable, creative district in the city's urban core, that is known for its arts and cultural events, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. <br></p></li></ul></div>3/13/2018 6:00:00 PMAnissa Edouard, FitPHX Coordinator602-262-6864