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April 2nd is National Walking Day – Visit Your Local Park

(Sewell, NJ) – The Gloucester County Department of Health, Senior & Disability Services encourages residents to become active to improve their health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association is Wednesday, April 2.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Spring is the perfect time to get out and walk, even if you need an umbrella with the weather we have been experiencing.  The county has great parks and trails to explore and it doesn’t cost anything to get outside and get moving."

Freeholder Adam Taliaferro, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said the American Heart Association notes that walking is the most popular form of aerobic physical activity for individuals of any age.

Taliaferro said, “People of all ages and body types can benefit from regular physical activity. Children and adolescents can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health with physical activity and adults can lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. “

“The start of April is a great time to make a commitment to your health and start a new fitness plan,” stated Taliaferro.

The Freeholders said that older adults could also benefit from physical activity that can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

The Gloucester County Department of Health offers several free fitness programs for senior citizens in our county including Tai Chi, the “Step By Step” Walking Program, a walking program designed especially for older adults, theArthritis “Move Today” Programthat uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and maintain range of motion and muscle strength, and Sunrise Yoga, designed especially for older adults.

Call the Gloucester County Department of Health at 856-218-4101 to learn more about these programs.