Join the Blue Water Walking Club and Get Out and Move this Summer[PORT HURON, June 12, 2020] – With the weather getting nicer, it is time to get out and enjoy neighborhoods, parks and downtowns found throughout the beautiful Blue Water Area.
Brisk walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, reduces the risk of developing diabetes by 58% as well as decreases cardiovascular disease and obesity. People who walk are at lower risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. For people with osteoarthritis, walking improves mobility and function. In addition, walking improves psychological well-being and self-esteem.
The St. Clair County Medical Society works to improve the health of our community by promoting walking clubs throughout our county. According to Dr. Sushma Reddy, “the Medical Society Foundation launched the Blue Water Walking Club program in partnership with the YMCA and the SCC Healthy Lifestyles Workgroup to improve the health of our community. This year, the walking club has introduced a new challenge: to become a Blue Water Walking Club Marathon Miler.”
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Participants are challenged to walk 1 mile, 1 1⁄2 mile or 2 miles a day or every couple of days and accumulate 26.2 miles by July 31, 2020. Mapping out a course in the yard, in the neighborhood or on a local trail is a great way to reach the marathon goal. Track the miles and challenge friends and family to join. A marathon is typically a running event, but in order to encourage everyone to stay active both walking and running count for the Blue Water Walking Club Marathon Miler challenge.
Participants in the 2020 Walking Club will be asked to complete a brief survey at the end of the program detailing the number of participants, benefits, and ideas.
The 2020 Walking Club registration deadline is June 15th. Some great spots to get a team together and walk include: Blue Water River Walk, Black River Walk, Wadhams to Avoca Trail or any of the county or city parks throughout the Blue Water Area, even at work or in the neighborhood.
Individuals and groups interested in joining the Blue Water Walking Club, can sign up online at https://www.bluewaterymca.com/programs/blue-water-walking-club.html.