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Great Day for Final Leg of Mind Over miles

The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and the crowd was pumped. Close to twenty five participants showed up on Saturday to walk the final 1.1 miles of the inaugural Mind Over Miles Virtual Half Marathon, an event that raised funds for Client Wellness Programs at United Counseling Service. Individuals tracked their mileage through the month of July and then completed the last leg as a group.

Wellness activities can help individuals focus, overcome obstacles, get along with others and even fight off illness. Wellness programs are broad and can include physical fitness, seminars, workshops, classes, field trips, artistic endeavors such as trips to museums and a wide array of activities that promote overall well-being for our clients.

“We could not have asked for a better day, “said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “The entire community was invited to participate in this free event. This is its first year and we hope to grow the event next year and to continue to raise awareness of the importance that wellness activities can provide.”

United Counseling Services is a non-profit community mental health center serving Bennington County since 1958. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides comprehensive, community-based behavioral and developmental services for children, adults, families, and seniors. UCS employs 300 people and annually serves nearly 3,000 Bennington County residents. For more information visit

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