Scottsbluff grocery store opens to walkers seeking light, shelter

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A Scottsbluff grocery store is stepping up to improve safety for people exercising through walking.

Main Street Market has partnered with the Panhandle Public Health to encourage walkers to use the grocery store as part of Step and Repeat. The effort is meant to expand exercise opportunities in the area.

When doors open for shopping at 6 a.m., walkers will be welcomed inside for better lighting and to get away from bad weather. A route around the outer-most aisles is about a tenth of a mile. When weather is nice, walkers can also walk around the building, which is about a quarter-mile in length. Various signs and footprints will provide directions for the routes.

Susan Wiedeman, Panhandle Coop Marketing Director said, “We are excited to promote this wonderful access point for the community to walk and will be providing additional discounts and promotions to those that come walk, our doors open at 6 am and stay open until 9 pm.”

Sitting is now considered the new smoking due to the number of negative effects it has on our health. A 30 minute walk, five days a week reduces the rate of people becoming diabetic by more than half. For men it can also decrease the risk of colon cancer by 50% and prostate cancer by two-thirds.

Jessica Davies, PPHD Assistant Health Director said, “We are incredibly excited with the Panhandle Coop partnership and their innovation to encourage the community to walk.” She added, “The store provides ideal lighting and safe conditions for a perfect little stroll, take advantage of this wonderful resource to support your health."