Get Healthy CT: Walk your way to wellness

Tips and activities for a healthier body, mind and spirit

Physical activity is one of the keys to good health, and walking is one of the best ways to remain active, according to Get Healthy CT, the regional wellness coalition of hospitals, health departments and other health and social service providers. In its monthly health feature, “Walking Your Way to Wellness,” available online at GetHealthyCT.org, the group offers tips and resources to help get the most out of walking, including:

  • Walking 101
  • Wearing the Right Shoes for Walking
  • Stretches for Walking
  • Small Steps to Increase Physical Activity
  • Get Walking with this 12-Week Walking Schedule
  • Be Active Adults
  • Monthly Health Challenge: Squat Challenge
  • Monthly Recipe: Veggie Pizza

Most information in the packet is available in English and Spanish. Direct access is available at http://gethealthyct.org/topic-of-the-month/. An archive of previous monthly features is also available.

According to the American Heart Association, walking can improve cholesterol, increase energy and stamina, boost bone strength and prevent weight gain. The Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

The packet also includes information about the Get Healthy Walk’n’Talk, a four-week walking series led by local health professionals at Bridgeport’s Seaside Park, Saturdays, April 30-May 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Call Jonathan James for more information at 203-576-7680.

In addition, a flyer about Get Fit and Healthy Kids Day is included. Co-sponsored by Get Healthy CT, YMCA and New Haven Parks and Recreation Department, this event takes place Saturday, April 30, from 11-3, on the New Haven Green. It includes a one-mile fun walk, exercise classes and information on physical activity and healthy eating. Rain location: YMCA, 52 Howe St., New Haven. For information, visit GetHealthyCT.org.

Get Healthy CT focuses on a different obesity prevention topic each month and provides resources in print and online. Printed information packets are also available in some area libraries, community centers, regional health departments, and other locations.

Get Healthy CT is a community coalition that works in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich regions to make the “healthy choice the easy choice.” Get Healthy CT provides information about being healthy and connects people to local resources to support healthy eating and physical activity through its website GetHealthyCT.org. More than 150 large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations have joined the coalition, along with individuals and families.  

About Get Healthy CT

Founded in 2010, Get Healthy CT (GHCT) is a coalition of large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations that are collaborating to reduce obesity in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich regions. To accomplish this goal, Get Healthy CT strives to educate and encourage people to eat healthier and exercise more in order to stay healthy and productive and be the connecting point through its website to help people find affordable, healthy foods and low or no cost ways to be active. There is no cost to become a member. To learn more, visit GetHealthyCT.org or search for Get Healthy CT on Facebook.

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