South Bend, Ind. Wednesday Indiana Governor Mike Pence kicked off a new campaign to get Hoosiers active in the great outdoors. His first stop was right here in South Bend.
Governor Pence joined Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mishawka Mayor Dave Wood in Seitz Park for a leisurely stroll around the East Race.
The Governor says he and his wife plan to continue walks just like these all around the state. It's an effort to promote healthy lifestyles, and a way to show his own enthusiasm for physical activity.
"We just really hope that it sparks a renewed interest in walking for good health in the State of Indiana,” explains Governor Mike Pence. “We think it will make a real difference in people's lives. Here in Indiana where we face some real challenges in areas of obesity and diabetes, just reminding people that getting out, spending a little bit of time laced up taking a good brisk walk can do a world of good for your health."
In an unexpected twist, a handful of peaceful protestors showed up for "Mike's Walk." The governor did address the organizer of the event in what he called "healthy dialogue."
After a brief conversation, the protestors, wearing duct tape equal signs and "equal rights" shirts, joined the officials in the walk.