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Posted by Ed Pomfred, R.N.

Ed Pomfred is the Director of the Keep Moving Program, Healthy Aging and Disability Unit.

 

  

 

Sometimes, as people grow older, they can start to become less active. The truth is that, as an older adult, its more important than ever to stay active and keep your body healthy and strong.

Walking is an easy, low-impact way to be active. Yesterday, the CDC released their most recent Vital Signs fact sheet, which shows that more people include walking as part of their physical activity. Being active through walking can help people become healthier, manage their weight, and reduce their risk for disease! One way to increase physical activity for adults is by creating safe places and routes for people to walk.

The Keep Moving Program, a network of over 160 local walking clubs all over Massachusetts, does just that. Keep Moving promotes physical activity statewide for people over 50, to help prevent and postpone chronic disease, build healthy bodies and minds, and keep individuals socially connected. Keep Moving clubs help keep seniors on their feet from Abington to Walpole and from Adams to Worcester– chances are, there is a walking club near you. Take a look at the list of communities with walking clubs to find the one closest to you.

Twice a year, the Department of Public Health sponsors regional walks in spring and autumn which are held in a variety of venues and parks around the state. Many of these locations are held at state parks managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  Older adults from around the state gather to enjoy the natural beauty of walking in the parks, the well laid out walking paths, and the opportunity to socialize with other walking club members. 

This autumn, the Keep Moving Program is offering several Regional Walks across Massachusetts:

Friday, September 14 — Cape Cod Canal, Herring Run Recreation Area
830 Scenic Hwy. (Rt. 6), Bournedale, MA 02532
www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/ccc/recreation/recreation.htm

Thursday, September, 20 — Hopkinton State Park, 164 Cedar St.  Hopkinton 01748
www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/hpsp.htm

Tuesday, September 25 — Bradley Palmer State Park, Asbury St., Topsfield, MA 01983
www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/brad.htm  

We’d love to have you come out to any and all of the autumn walks – but don’t forget to register! In order to participate, walkers must register by September 7th. To register, you can contact me directly at edward.pomfred@state.ma.us. All walks start at 10:30am, and include a 1-mile and 3-mile route! At each site, there are picnic tables. So come out and enjoy some fresh air, your picnic lunch, and some great company! Check out more information on the Keep Moving program.

Hope to see you this autumn!

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