Area towns have joined together to sponsor an official "Walk the Walk Day." Selectmen and mayors from Fairfield, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston designated Oct. 3, 2010 as that day, to support Positive Directions' annual fundraising walk at Sherwood Island State Park.

Hundreds are expected to walk 3.5 miles with the support of pledges from families and friends. The event also includes music, food, children's actitvities, a dog-costume contest and a raffle. It begins at 9 a.m. at the scenic Sherwood Island path.

Positive Directions is a "valuable resource for families and individuals throughout the region and it is only fitting that each town commemorate the day with a proclamation," said Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. "For almost 40 years, Positive Directions has helped families and individuals struggling with behavioral and emotional health issues. We hope the community will say thank you by supporting this fun-filled event."

The walk will raise funds for the agency's treatment, counseling and prevention programs. Positive Directions is a community-based not-for-profit which provides counseling and treatment services and prevention programs for families and individuals throughout the region. It began in 1971 and provides its services regardless of a family's financial resources. It supports itself through fundraisers within the community.

Heidi Cunningham, the chairperson of Walk the Walk, said that Positive Directions, "is known and respected for its award-winning prevention programs for parents and adolescents, as well as their professional client services. The Walk is designed to be an inclusive event for all those in the community who support and have benefited by the recovery and prevention programs at Positive Directions."

The Walk the Walk program has successfully raised awareness for the charity over the years.

"We have found that programs that help build connections within families and between communities always have a positive outcome and Walk the Walk will not only raise funds for those programs but be a real demonstration of our mission and commitment to the communities we serve," said Don Dykas, the president of the board of directors of Positive Directions.

For more information or to register or make pledges for the Walk the Walk benefit, visit www.active.com/donate/walkthewalkpd10 or call Positive Directions at 203-227-7644, ext. 125.