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Worcester County invites the public to celebrate 20 years and 20 million steps taken with the Just Walk Worcester Program on Walk Maryland Day October 4, 2017.
 
The celebration is free and open to the public beginning begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Facility, 6030 Public Landing Rd., Snow Hill, Md. 21863. The event will feature refreshments, guest speakers, and a fun walk. 
 
“I think the success of Just Walk has a lot to do with the fact that it’s a free, incentive-based program with a lot of history, that is simple, and can be done by almost anyone,” said Kat Gunby, Director of Prevention Services for Worcester County Health Department. “We hope to continue to grow this program so that it keeps helping our residents live healthier, active lifestyles for 20 more years.”
 
Just Walk helps residents lose weight and increase their physical activity. The program features several events every year, including fun walks throughout the county, and incentives to encourage participants to lace up their sneakers and hit local trails, paths, and parks to log their miles. This year, Just Walk members led the charge to Worcester’s third-place finish in the American Public Health Association’s One Billion Steps Challenge. 
 
Walking has many health benefits. According to the American Heart Association, research shows walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can help people:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease,
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels,
  • Improve blood lipid (cholesterol) profile,
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity,
  • Enhance mental well-being,
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis,
  • Reduce the risks of breast and colon cancer and
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
 
For more information on Just Walk Worcester’s 20th Anniversary, or to find out how to join this free program, call 410-632-1100 or visit worcesterhealth.org. 
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:28
 
 

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Worcester County invites the public to celebrate 20 years and 20 million steps taken with the Just Walk Worcester Program on Walk Maryland Day October 4, 2017.
 
The celebration is free and open to the public beginning begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Worcester County Recreation Facility, 6030 Public Landing Rd., Snow Hill, Md. 21863. The event will feature refreshments, guest speakers, and a fun walk. 
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