The Get W.I.T.H. It walking program on Thursday morning celebrated another very good fall/winter session, at the civic complex.
The free walking program, “Walking in the Halls,” had its 2016-17 season begin back in October, and overall, 110 people registered.
“We’re very happy with the year,” said Corrie D’Alessio, community health worker with the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre. “We averaged about 30 walkers per session, (and) we had a great group of volunteers here.”
Locally, the Get W.I.T.H. It program is in its sixth year, and led by the SVCHC, in partnership with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the City of Cornwall.
D’Alessio stressed the program is open to anyone, the benefits including the social interaction and a sense of belonging.
“It’s physical activity in a safe space,” he said.
There was a fun challenge this season, with all those laps by walkers in the civic complex concourse kept track of, with a goal to walk the equivalent distance to Charlottetown, P.E.I, and back.
The walkers accomplished that with ease, and even had sessions left over to take off for Windsor. The 80 kilometres logged at the arena on Thursday by the group got that goal accomplished too.
Overall for the season, 4,000 kilometres were walked.
“That’s impressive,” D’Alessio said.
The final session included the presentation of a Walker of the Year award, which went to Janet Brown, of Cornwall.
“I love it, the (program is) very good,” said Brown, 70, who joined it two years ago.
Brown has been a regular participant each Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.
“I do my…
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