The Parks and Recreation Division and the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) will bring the free program Walk With Ease back to five park sites: Plantation Heritage, Reverend Samuel Delevoe, Roosevelt Gardens, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee), and Vista View. The program, which was first held in County parks in 2012, will get under way again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 (the first day of spring). This evidence-based program encourages older adults to start walking for their health. Attendees at the kickoff will have an opportunity to register and learn more about the program, which this year takes the theme "Spring Into Good Health."
Through the foundation'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 ages 55 and up, regardless of whether they have arthritis. Participants will 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.<