Walk to Health walking program starts May 1
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department’s 10th annual Walk to Health walking program kicks off May 1. The program will last for 12 weeks and is open to residents of all ages in the SWNPHD eight-county service area.
The benefits of being physically active are numerous. Major benefits include preventing heart disease and stroke. Walking is one way to get the blood flowing and heart pumping, making the heart stronger.
Physical activity and a healthy diet will help reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. Be sure to check with a family physician prior to starting any new exercise program.
Upon registration, participants will receive instructions. Weekly motivational tips will be sent out via email or mailed to those without internet access. The purpose of the weekly postcards is to provide education and encouragement to participants throughout the 12-week program.
“After 12 weeks, participants will receive an ending evaluation form,” explains Stoney. “Email or bring your evaluation form to the SWNPHD office in McCook and Walk to Health participants will receive a free t-shirt. We want to hear about your success through walking.”
Interested persons may request a registration form by emailing
or download a form on our website: www.swhealth.ne.gov. or register by calling 308-345-4223 or stop in at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department 404 West 10th Street .
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Perkins and Red Willow counties.