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Berlin pesents 'Just Walk' event Nov. 9

11/7/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—The Berlin Parks Commission and Worcester County Health Department are inviting anyone interested in physical fitness, or as Berlin’s Deputy Administrator Mary Bohlen put it, “Just a pleasant walk on an autumn Saturday morning,” to come to Stephen Decatur Park on Nov. 9.

For the second year, the town is hosting the free community fitness program “Just Walk Berlin,” starting with a 9 a.m. on-site registration. While the exercise activity is self-directed and self-reported, the Just Walk events are designed to be a fun way to encourage residents to leave the chaise and chase some leaves, along with their friend and neighbors.

Warm-up exercises will begin from 9:30-9:45 a.m., and the walk will last until 11 a.m.

Many of the excuses for not exercising have been eliminated. The park is located at Route 113 and Tripoli Street and lack of parking is no excuse—it’s just across the street. The walking trail in the park is made of a composite from scrap tires and makes walking the 1-mile track a low-impact exercise. The rain date for the Berlin event is Nov. 16.

As further incentives, the organizers will give free step counters to the first 50 participants. The participants will also be offered healthy lifestyle information including healthy eating, physical activity, diabetes prevention information, and tobacco users will get free Quit Smoking Kits, organizers said. Bohlen said the inaugural event attracted 30 walkers last year.

Mimi Dean, chronic disease prevention program coordinator for the Worcester County Health Department, said the Just Walk Berlin event is one of three sponsored by the department, including the “Safe and Healthy Walk,” which was held in Snow Hill’s Byrd Park in October, and the “Tortoise and Hare Dare,” which will be held in Pocomoke in April 2014.

Participants will also be able to sign up for the department’s ongoing Just Walk program, Dean said. By registering in the program, participants will receive a physical activity tracker to log their physical activities in daily logs of miles or minutes for prizes. She said health experts recommend at least 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day, or 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The tracker information can be turned in monthly, or to redeem specific prizes, according to Dean. Prizes, including a baseball cap or visor, lunchbox, step-counter, sweatshirt, T-shirt or water bottle, depending on the milestone achieved.

Individuals can pre-register for the Just Walk Berlin event by calling 410-632-0056.


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