First held in Broward County Parks in 2012, the Walk With Ease program is a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Division and the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF). This evidence-based program encourages adults 55 and older to start walking for their health. Improving overall health begins with the first step!
Through HFSF's five-year, $7.5 million initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, launched in 2008, the organization is helping older adults to achieve and maintain strength. Walk With Ease was created by the Arthritis Foundation and is designed to increase physical activity for those 55 and up, regardless of whether they have arthritis. Participants meet with a trained leader three times a week during this six-week session and will also receive a guidebook with chapters on health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. At the completion of their session, walkers will receive a Walk With Ease T-shirt.
HFSF is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. By advancing health solutions, the foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $95 million in grants and program support.
For more information on HFSF, call 305-374-7200 or visit www.HFSF.org. For information on the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit www.HealthyAgingSF.org.
*Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317; 954-357-5135
Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-357-8700
Sunview Park, 1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33317; 954-357-6520
*T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood 33021; 954-357-8811
*Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie 33330; 954-357-8898
*The parks’ regular gate entrance fee of $1.50/person is in effect on weekends and holidays.