Walking for your health

Region - posted Sep, 30 2013

BROOKLYN – National walking expert Robert Sweetgall returns to northeastern Connecticut on Monday, Oct. 7 to bring his message of walking wellness to local students and community members. Sweetgall, who has walked across America the equivalent of seven times and is considered the nation’s leading recreational walker, lost several family members to heart disease and took up walking as a way to stay healthy. He is the only person to have walked through all 50 states in one year - a journey of 11,208 miles. He has authored nearly 20 books on walking, wellness, and active living and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows. Sweetgall’s visit is being hosted by HealthQuest Northeast Connecticut, a coalition of health and wellness partners coordinated by the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) and working to make northeastern Connecticut a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play. In October, Sweetgall will bring his message of walking to wellness to Brooklyn Elementary and Brooklyn Middle Schools, Putnam Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, and Woodstock Academy. In addition to his speaking engagements at local schools, Sweetgall will speak at The ARC Quinebaug Valley and also give a number of public presentations. Free community workshops open to the public will be held Monday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Town Hall; Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Killingly High School Auditorium; and Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center in Brooklyn. A special teacher’s workshop will also be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 2:20 to 3 p.m. in Bowen Classroom 204 at Woodstock Academy. Interested parties may contact NDDH for information on any of the programs.

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