Health, wellness and safety are the three items the city hopes to educate residents on before the summer season arrives.

The Walks-a-hachie program encourages residents to be active and exercise – and to be safe at the same time. The program will promote safety on the hike and bike trail through the installation of information signs.

The 12, double-sided signs are sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie. Some of the signs will have information about nutrition, wellness tips and others will talk about personal safety. The signs will be spaced along the length of the trail and installed by an Eagle Scout candidate as his project. The signs should be up along the trail by mid to late April.

“Baylor hospital is also sponsoring a series of classes that will begin in late April. They will be open to the public and free. Some of the classes might be held at the pavilion at Getzendaner Park and others might be at the parks and recreation building. We are still trying to iron out all the details,” community relations manager Amy Hollywood said.

“We will have two classes that are just general kind of walking exercise type of classes. It teaches people how to stretch, warm up and cool down.  We will also have a nutrition class that one of the nutritionists from Baylor will teach,” she said.

The class, which is called a pantry makeover class, stresses the importance of healthy eating and eating items like fruits vegetables and lean meats. Classes should start in mid to late April and conclude in June.

This is a good time of the year to start a program like this because the weather has gotten good and people want to be outside to get fit, Hollywood said.

For additional information, contact Hollywood at 972-937-7330, ext. 284, or email her at

Contact Andrew at or 469-517-1458.