You’re invited to a series of free walking events, called Hoffman Walks. The next event is Sat. April 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Charlemagne Park. On one Saturday each month, HE Parks will host a 2-hour walk at a park or facility open to all ages and abilities. Participants can walk as long as they’d like.
“Walking is a great way to improve health, well-being and peace of mind,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities for HE Parks.
The benefits of walking are numerous, including boosting energy, reducing the effects of sitting, improving strength and heart function. In September 2015, the Surgeon General issued a Call To Action to increase walking among Americans of all ages. It stated that one out of every two adults in America living with a chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, and recommended that increasing activity level through walking can significantly reduce risk of chronic disease.
“We felt that walking is an easy, entry-level type of activity,” said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of recreation for HE Parks. “Our hope is that once an individual makes walking a habit, that this will lead them to more kinds of activity.”
Registration is not required.
Sat. April 8, 9 AM at Charlemagne Park (3799 Bordeaux) – Stroll around this beautiful park pond to celebrate spring and all its critters and flowers!
Sat. May 6, 9 AM at Fabbrini Park (1670 Glen Lake Road) – Bring mom for a walk in the park. All moms in attendance will get a special gift.
Watch for more events to come in the Summer Guide. For more information, visit heparks.org.