A friendly and healthy competition sponsored by Healthy Central Florida (HCF), the event attracted 501 walkers. Eatonville had 132 participants in the mix, or more than 6.5 percent of its population, making it the winner. As a result, the town receives a $1,000 grant to be used in the community for their parks and recreation activities.
The walk helped kick off of a fall schedule of walking activities in each of the communities. Participants received free pedometers to help track steps – and were encouraged to sign up for “Walker Tracker,” a free, easy-to-use online tool that tracks an individual’s steps and takes him or her on a virtual journey for the next 90 days.
Residents could sign up at the event or do so anytime by going online to www.hcf.walkertracker.com. Those who are enrolled are eligible to win YMCA prizes, sports gear, a free one-year membership to RDV Sportsplex, gift certificates and more.
In addition, participants received information about walking groups that have been formed in each of the three communities. All of the walks are free.
In Winter Park, walkers can meet at the Chamber of Commerce for a walk at 8 a.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays, and at the Winter Park Community Center at 7 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning October 17. City officials will join many of the walks.
In Maitland, walks begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Maitland Public Library followed by a light breakfast and coffee beginning October 18. City council members will join in periodically.
Eatonville walkers can meet at the Hungerford Prep Cafeteria at 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for a Walk and Talk with the Mayor.
Walking has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to promote health for children and adults. Through the support and promotion of walk and bike to school efforts and the formation and promotion of adult walking groups, HCF will continue to walk the talk! We invite you to join us!