Put on your walking shoes, grab a coworker or friend, and take a relaxing 30-minute stroll on a crisp autumn day.
In doing so, you will join with thousands of people across Iowa.
Promise Community Health Center will serve as one of many statewide hosts for the seventh annual Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The walk will depart at 12:20 p.m. Anyone is invited to participate. All you have to do is meet on the sidewalk at Promise’s front entrance – located at 338 First Ave. NW, across the street from the Sioux Center city hall. No preregistration is required.
The theme for this year’s Healthiest State Walk is: “Walk More. Connect More.” The annual event is part of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative.
“Being physically active is one of the most important steps people can take to improve their health,” said Stephanie Van Ruler, nurse health coach and coordinator of the walk. “Walking is something that most people, without regard to their age, physical abilities or socioeconomic status can participate in.”
The goal of Iowa’s Healthiest State Walk is to promote the benefits of walking – as one of the best ways to stay healthy and connect with others in the community.
Here are some key points that Van Ruler highlighted about walking:
Walking has physical benefits by greatly reducing people’s risk of chronic disease and premature death due to increasing their physical activity level.
Walking has emotional benefits by reducing anxiety, increasing energy levels, improving sleep quality, increasing psychological wellbeing, improving cognitive functioning, and releasing hormones and chemicals that make them happy.
Walking has social benefits that helps foster supportive relationships and friendships.
Van Ruler emphasized that anyone – regardless of their age, gender or ethnic background – can participate in walking. Walking also is an inexpensive way to start and maintain an active lifestyle and can be done year-round.
Those are just some of the reasons why Promise is excited about participating in and promoting the Healthiest State Walk.
“We live in a fast-paced society,” Van Ruler said. “At Promise, we believe you, your health, your family and your environment are valuable and vital to our community. Promise is coordinating a walk this year to encourage people to take the first step. Take the first step toward better health. Take the first step to slowing down and taking care of you. Take the first step in connecting with others and your community.”
TO LEARN MORE:
To learn more about the Healthiest State Initiative and the Healthiest State Walk, visit www.iowahealthieststate.com.