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Partners for Healthier Communities and Walmart to Host Walking Program Kick-Off Event

01/13/2014

Partners for Healthier Communities (PHC) at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), a local Healthy Maine Partnership, and Walmart are kicking off a new indoor walking program in Sanford to encourage people to “walk while they shop.” The program was established to expand access to walking options in the Sanford-Springvale area with support from the Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Let’s Go! York County and SMHC.

The kick-off event includes refreshments, raffles for great prizes (including a membership to the Sanford-Springvale YMCA) and educational materials about how only 30 minutes a day of walking can improve your health.                        

Getting regular exercise is an important component of good health and walking is one the best ways to stay active. But in the winter months snow and ice can make it difficult to walk safely, especially for the elderly and the very young. The walking program at Walmart gives folks of all ages an indoor place to exercise regularly. The store is especially convenient for seniors and parents with kids in strollers, with plenty of parking and wide aisles. Walkers can track their progress; one loop around the store is equivalent to one quarter of a mile and four loops are equal to one mile.

In addition to PHC and Walmart, the event and walking program is being launched with support from the Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Let’s Go! York County and Southern Maine Health Care.

The event will take place on:

Friday, January 17, 2014 – 7:00 a.m.
Walmart
1930 Main Street
Sanford, Maine

About Partners for Healthier Communities
Partners for Healthier Communities (PHC) at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a community coalition bringing together interested people to promote and improve the health and well-being of residents in York County, Maine. PHC provides general resources and can help with policy development on areas such as tobacco, physical activity, nutrition, and substance abuse prevention in the towns of Sanford/Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Waterboro, Shapleigh, Lyman, Limerick, Limington, Parsonsfield, Newfield, and Cornish. PHC is one of 27 local Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP). The HMP initiative is a collaborative effort among local coalitions, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MECDC), Department for Health & Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and the Department of Education (DOE). The HMP initiative is supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the U.S. CDC, SAMHS, and DOE. For more information please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/partnersforhealthiercommunities.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283-7232
lbroberts@smhc.org

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