Kicking Off the Walking Season
A sunny and beautiful morning — a perfect day to enjoy a walk.
That’s just what a large group of members from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Walking Club did on Sunday, May 18, gathering at Jamaica Pond in Boston to kick off the walking season.
Former WCVB anchor Susan Wornick, Walking Club Co-Chair, officially started the walk with words of encouragement to motivate the group to walk daily. Former Red Sox pitcher Jim Corsi was on hand as well to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Walkers came from near and far to walk a lap or two around the pond.
One woman, a bariatric surgery patient at BIDMC, came from Wrentham and said how great walking has been as she has recovered from surgery. She brought her daughter along to join the walk and the Walking Club. Another man from Florida stopped by to join and pass along some walking and health tips to a relative he was visiting in town.
Club members were given free BIDMC pedometers to track their steps, a reminder that taking 10,000 or more steps a day is important to maintain good health.
As part of Stroke Awareness Month, Northeastern University’s Health & Wellness van was also at the pond, offering walkers free blood pressure screenings and tips on reducing stroke risk.
It was a morning of fun for all and a great way to enjoy the outdoors after a seemingly endless season of snow and ice. The BIDMC Walking Club is planning additional walks this summer, so stay tuned!
Lace up those sneakers and get outside — it is time to WALK!
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Posted May 2014