Walking reduces risk of heart attacks up to 86 percent, helps maintain cartilage health in joints, reduces strokes by up to 50 percent, helps manage arthritis, prevents and manages Type 2 diabetes and provides countless other personal health benefits. It’s also 100 percent free, without any negative side effects and is something you can do right now.
These are all benefits of walking more. Healthy Trenton, a Beaumont-sponsored healthy community initiative, wants to help you make walking a regular part of your health and fitness routine to improve your overall health.
“We are doing all we can to promote walking efforts in Trenton,” said Betty Priskorn, Beaumont’s vice president of community health outreach. “We know the positive impact walking has on individual health, as well as its role in improving the overall health outcomes and quality of life at a community level.”
The efforts to improve the health and wellness for Trenton residents resulted in the creation of a free walking group toolkit, available to encourage the development of Trenton neighborhood walking groups.
This toolkit includes instructions and tips on leading a walking group, a pedometer for group members and a lanyard with a walking log and a variety of walking safety tips. As an incentive, walkers who complete their log may submit them for an opportunity to win quarterly health-related prizes.
“This is a brand new initiative in our community,” said Ruth Sebaly, project manager for Healthy Trenton. “We are committed to reaching as many participants as possible with this program to help improve the health and wellness of Trenton residents.”
Walking groups must consist of two or more members, with at least one adult. To register or submit completed walking logs, visit Trenton City Hall Parks and Recreation Department at 2880 Third St. For more information, contact Ruth Sebaly at ruth.sebaly@ beaumont.org or call (313) 412-0567.
If you are interested in learning more about all the reasons walking is good for your health, or for information about the toolkit, visit the Healthy Trenton webpage and Facebook page.
Article provide courtesy of Beaumont Hospital-Trenton.