Walk With Ease Walking Program for Seniors Launching October 29
- A program of Broward County Parks and the Health Foundation of South Florida -
DATE: October 12, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115
EMAIL: mmills@broward.org

WHAT: Broward County Parks and Recreation Division and Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) will launch a free new program, Walk With Ease, for ages 55 and up, at 20 park sites (listed below), from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, October 29. The program encourages older adults to start walking for their health. Attendees at the kickoff will have an opportunity to register and learn more about this program.

“Walking is an activity almost everyone can participate in,” says Broward County Parks Director Dan West. “It’s simple and basic, and the health benefits are enormous. And our countywide network of regional and neighborhood parks means that almost everyone is within easy reach of a participating park to walk in.”

Through the foundation’s five-year, $7.5 million initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, 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 in this six-week program will 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.

“If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes, you can have success with this program,” says HFSF President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. “This self-guided program, which can help to reduce arthritis pain while increasing a participant’s balance and strength, reflects the type of activities promoted through Health Foundation of South Florida’s Healthy Eating Active Communities focus area.”

Health Foundation of South Florida 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 http://www.hfsf.org/. For information on the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit http://www.healthyagingsf.org/.

WHERE: Boulevard Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28th Terr., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-625-2988
Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024; 954-357-5150
C. B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 33028; 954-357-5170
Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 33311; 954-357-5400
Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309; 954-357-5190
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198
Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-791-1037
Hollywood North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5187
Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-791-1041
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326; 954-357-8868
Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317; 954-357-5135
Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442; 954-357-5100
Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-791-1036
Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-327-3888
Sunview Park, 1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33317; 954-791-1040
Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073; 954-357-8870
Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie 33328; 954-357-5130
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
West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161

WHEN: Six weeks, beginning Monday, October 29, 9-11 a.m. Parks may offer additional six-week sessions depending on the needs of the communities they serve.

WHO: For ages 55 and up.

HOW: Preregistration is required. Register at the park of your choice.

For further information, call the park of your choice
(see listing above) or Shari Gantman at the Health Foundation of South Florida at 305-374-9199.

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