COLUMBIA, 11/15/11 (Beat Byte) -- St. Clair County, Illinois is on a quest to become the healthiest county in America and they're enlisting the aid of none other than former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman to help, billing him as a "pioneer in active transportation."

Hindman will be the keynote speaker at the St. Clair County third annual Health Policy Summit Nov. 16, an all-day event with a 2012 theme of safe, environmentally-friendly communities.

Hindman's bio in ads for the summit note that he "spearheaded the effort to create the Katy Trail, one of the first rails-to-trails conversions; established the annual Bike, Walk and Wheel Week; and brought a $22 million non-motorized transportation federal grant to Columbia."

Information about the summit is at

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