A GOOD MONTH TO WALK. Cooler temperatures and the natural beauty of fall is a good time to get up and go for a walk.

The Hardin County Cooperative Ex­ten­sion Service has an initiative this month to help people get off the couch and spend some time outdoors, or to just move more often, called Walktober.

The initiative encourages people to go for a walk, whether it’s inside or outside, or take a jog. Just get moving to increase physical activity.

Registration for Walktober is free with participants asked to keep track of any steps taken during the month of October and turn them in Oct. 30 for a free gift.

There are daily reminders on the extension service Facebook page and at the end of the month, a Walktober Fest will be held allowing walkers to visit the extension office to turn in their steps and get free items.

Whether it’s 2,000 steps a day or 10,000, simply get moving to help your physical and emotional well being. What are you waiting for?

SHEDDING LIGHT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. In the week after several people took to the blacktop at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown in a continuing effort to bring awareness to domestic violence in the area, woman was arrested for stabbing her husband and pouring boiling water on him, a man was charged with hitting his pregnant girlfriend and there were several arrests for misdemeanor domestic assault in Hardin County alone.

While all of those incidents stand as accusations and not proof of guilt, there is little doubt domestic violence shows little sign of slowing down in Hardin County.

The walk was hosted by the Zonta Club. Efforts like these obviously are needed.

Tanya Thomas, executive director of SpringHaven Domestic Violence Pro­gram, said recently Kentucky had 28 victims to die this year due to domestic violence, including one in the eight-county area that SpringHaven serves.

“More than ever is just to make people aware of the extended violence that goes on,” Thomas said.

Anyone in a relationship with domestic violence is encouraged to contact SpringHaven’s 24-hour helpline at 1-800-767-5838.

BERNHEIM HONOR. Alexis “STIX” Brown of Radcliff was acknowledged as one of two artists selected as winners in a Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s competition to expand its line of apparel.

Brown’s art “vibrates a deep sense of healing and connectivity by manifesting the change she would like to see in the world through her work,” the Bernheim statement said.,

Her design features her godson holding the world and a girl hugging the fox which she said projects her desire for young girls of color to be nurtured in the natural world.

Brown’s talent and the thought that goes into her work was recognized appropriately.

This editorial represents the consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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