Many of us eat local food for health reasons. Likewise, many of us walk or run for similar reasons. This Sunday, join Access of West Michigan to support both!
I run with RunGR, but I started with walking! There are so many health benefits to walking that I would like to make this topic a regular part of the conversation here at Eat Local West Michigan. After all, we are so blessed with lots of nature nearby.
Walking is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to keep fit. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and somewhere to walk. Of course, you can always use a treadmill, but getting out and exploring West Michigan is much more fun!
It might be interesting to track your steps, too, if you happen to already have a smart phone, fitness devide, or pedometer. Start with walking around the block and work up to the 10,000 steps per day recommended by the US Surgeon General as one of the ways to meet the suggested 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity (activity which increases the heart rate).
According to the American Heart Association,
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Spring is finally here in West Michigan, so let’s get out and enjoy the weather!
Join the Hunger Walk
If you need a little boost to get out the door, consider walking for a great cause: Access of West Michigan’s Hunger Walk on May 1, 2016.
Participating in the Hunger Walk means that you will be joining community members and local organizations that are united in the fight against hunger. Together, we can create sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty in Kent County.
Tens of thousands of walkers have raised more than $5.5 million dollars in 38 years of Hunger Walks in response to local and worldwide need.
FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED FOR:
-meal sites, food pantries, gleaning programs and youth nutrition programs
-nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs
-policy and advocacy work with food systems
-growing and farm projects that assist under-served communities
-food justice and Good Food System initiatives
Hope you can join us!