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Featured Folks: Week #1

Nancy Ann Toto
59, Co-owner Toto's Service Center

The first individual to sign-on to the Wheeling Walks 30 Minutes or More Challenge is Nancy Toto from Belmont, Ohio. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor and recognizes what a gift good physical health is! Nancy and her husband Mitch have been married since 1960, raised three children, and now have five grandchildren. Nancy says, "There's not enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do." Nancy has a love for life that comes through whenever you talk to her.

When questioned about her love of walking, Nancy gave the following answers:

Why do you walk? There are so many reasons but Taking Control! Is the most important. Taking care of myself the best way I can and knowing I'm doing everything I can to be a healthy person (physically and mentally) is important. It is also my own special time to Thank God for all of my blessings.

Why do you love walking? Walking through the four seasons is why I love it! Every season has its own beauty and wonder. I look forward to all of them! And I feel it is an absolute privilege to do so.

What is your toughest obstacle to walking? I volunteer for so many organizations that some days there's no time left for me. But I am changing that. I am cutting back and taking the time for myself. I'm Worth It!

What is your best advice for new walkers? Don't think of it as a chore, but as a privilege. Time that you DESERVE for yourself. Only 30 minutes a day! Everyone deserves that!

What is the coolest benefit of walking? It doesn't cost anything and the rewards are something you can't buy.

What is your biggest surprise about walking? I think of walking like I do brushing my teeth or taking a shower - I don't feel right unless I do it every day.

Although somewhat unique in her occupation and health concerns, Nancy is like the rest of us. She juggles family, work, and other obligations every day. But unlike a lot of us, Nancy recognizes the importance of walking for her health and well being. She knows that taking the time to keep herself healthy is as important for her as it is for her family. Nancy is an inspiration to the Wheeling Walks 30 Minutes or More Challenge. We thank her for joining our campaign and hope that her story will help all of us to Take The Time To Walk Thirty Minutes Or More Every Day!

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