Start your active summer off on the right foot: Walk Worthington, a weekly series of 30-minute walks throughout the city, kicks off this month.

Start your active summer off on the right foot: Walk Worthington, a weekly series of 30-minute walks throughout the city, kicks off this month.

The library is a proud partner of the Worthington Resource Pantry on the project, which aims to build community health and raise funds for the pantry.

New in the program's second year, is a walking incentive plan to benefit WRP which, in 2015, distributed approximately 330,000 pounds of food to more than 1,200 families.

If you'd like to participate, download a form at worthingtonresourcepantry.org and track the number of miles you walk. For every mile documented, the resource pantry will receive a dime. If 10,000 miles -- $1,000 -- is reached, the amount will be matched by a private donor.

The incentive, which also will pay for pedometers, is funded by a micro grant Walk Worthington received late last year from the America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.

Walk Worthington features an expanded selection of summer strolls this year: a local instructor will lead three "yoga" walks and two others will be led by members of the Worthington Historical Society.

Walk Worthington founder and coordinator Joanna Saul has added even more value to the walks leaving from Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Now scheduled every Thursday, June 9 through Aug. 25, the 30-minute walks, which start at 6:30 p.m., will be preceded by a brief discussion by a health care professional. Topics will include pediatrics, gastroenterology, nutrition and Eastern medicine.

Walk Worthington gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Old Worthington Library. Worthington coaches will discuss a summer full of community walking events. Items like T-shirts, water bottles, reflective safety vests and more will be raffled off and, after the meeting, attendees are invited for a walk to Fresh Thyme to make their own trail mix.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.