Community walk encourages ‘move for lunch’ approach

Warm up, walk, cool down and enjoy a healthy snack. The City of Kelowna will host a free noon hour community walk to celebrate Move for Health Day on Tuesday, May 10.

Warm up, walk, cool down and enjoy a healthy snack. The City of Kelowna will host a free noon hour community walk to celebrate Move for Health Day on Tuesday, May 10.

Join Mayor Sharon Shepherd as she leads the walk along our Waterfront Promenade.

The walk begins at noon with a warm-up in Stuart Park and returns for a cool down, refreshing water and a complimentary healthy snack.

“All too often, people stay indoors during their lunch break trying to get caught up on this or that—it’s an easy habit to form,” said Louise Roberts-Taylor, city manager of community and neighbourhood programs.

“We have great walking paths in Kelowna and we hope this event will encourage people to get away from their desks and out of the office to enjoy the beautiful waterfront.”

Walking provides many health benefits including increased energy levels, enhanced well being, increased bone density, improved coordination, a reduction of high cholesterol and can lower the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteo arthritis.

This summer, the city will hold several free walks led by enthusiastic walking instructors as part of the walking programs it offers year round.

City walking programs are designed for people of all ages and abilities and are offered at various locations throughout Kelowna.

Move for Health Day is an international event to celebrate and promote physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle and is sponsored by the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association.

 

Kelowna Capital News