Wilmington residents take steps to a healthier lifestyle

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new group in Wilmington is taking small steps to make a big difference when it comes to improving lifestyles.

Members of Stepping Strong meet once a week in Halyburton Park to walk their way to a healthier lifestyle.  The walkers burn hundreds of calories in each session and learn more about healthy eating habits.

"This is a great program that combines getting people moving as well as getting them much more aware of how many fruits and vegetables they eat every day," said Anne Langan, head of the Committee of Healthy Carolinians.

Langan says walking is important to help prevent several chronic diseases.

"If you look at the causative factors for many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, they all say that a sedentary lifestyle is one factor that predisposes you to get one of those diseases," said Langan.

Stepping Strong is a 10-week walking program for small groups, led by a trained volunteer Fitness Ambassador.

Participants receive a pedometer, comprehensive notebook and tracking tools, and meet once a week for a walk geared to their fitness level.  Each participant pays a $25 fee for membership in the Lifelong Fitness Alliance and program materials.

To learn how you could become part of the walking group, email SteppingStrong@gmail.com.

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