One of the best ways to stay healthy is to just take a walk every day. Walking is easy to do, and has a low dropout rate - you only need a decent pair of shoes. You can do it anytime – a few minutes away from your desk, a few minutes when you get home from work, a few minutes first thing in the morning – soon, you’ve got the 30 minutes per day of exercise the American Heart Association recommends.
And that’s one of the things I really like about the Heart Walk, seeing the thousand or so people who gather there to enjoy a beautiful autumn day while taking a 1- or 3-mile walk around one of our community’s gems, the Saratoga Race Course.
There are also plenty of activities to enjoy. There’s a Kids Zone with the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, breakfast, music by The Mike Gilman Dance Show, health screenings, vendors, performers along the walk route and lunch from Subway. And in addition to Jared from Subway, local singer Chelsea Cavanaugh will perform after the Heart Walk.
The most moving moment of the Heart Walk comes when we pay tribute to all the survivors of heart disease and stroke. Easily identified by their red caps, they come forward for a moment of tribute. Sometimes, we get so busy, and a lot of our activities fall into the “have to do” category. But seeing that the money we raise has made a difference to these survivors of heart disease and stroke – it makes the Heart Walk a very meaningful event. I hope you’ll join me there.
For information about the North Country Heart Walk, visit saratogaglensfallsheartwalk.org. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the walk itself begins at 10:45 a.m.