Monday, January 4, 2010

Get Active in 2010!

Now that winter is here, it's no time to hibernate; get out and get active with Tuesday Morning Strolls! On the first and third Tuesdays of each month, walk leaders will guide participants on an easy-paced walk at various destinations throughout Martinsville and Henry County.  The free walks begin at 9 AM and last for approximately 50 minutes each.  The first walk will be held on January 5th at Liberty Fair Mall (Commonwealth Bloulevard, Martinsville). We will meet at the former Goody's entrance (to the right of JC Penny's). Participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tuesday Morning Strolls began in 2008 and is a partnership between the Dan River Basin Association, Henry County Parks & Recreation, Martinsville Parks & Recreation, and Activate Martinsville-Henry County. The program is funded with support from the Harvest Foundation. Everyone who joins a walk will receive a punch card to register for prize drawings upon the completion of the season. Each participant will receive one entry for each walk completed between now and the end of the season. The drawing will be held on December 7, 2010.

According to Activate Martinsville-Henry County, research shows that physical activity such as walking helps reduce the risk of developing chronic disease (such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers) by as much as 30-50%. Walking also helps to reduce stress, improves energy, and aids in better sleep. These are all perfect reasons to get out and start walking in the New Year! For more information or to pre-register, please call: 276-634-2545 or 276-634-4643.

January 5th- Liberty Fair Mall, Martinsville
January 19th- Wilson Park, Martinsville
February 2nd- Jack Dalton Park, Collinsville
February 16th- Uptown Spur Trail, Martinsville
March 2nd- Fieldale Trail, Fieldale
March 16th- YMCA, Martinsville
April 6th- Smith River Sports Complex, Axton
April 20th- Lake Lanier, Martinsville
May 4th- Dick & Willie Passage I, Collinsville
May 18th- Dick & Willie Passage II, Martinsville
June 1st- Gravely Nature Preserve, Ridgeway
June 15th- Fieldale Trail, Fieldale
July 6th- Uptown Spur Trail, Martinsville
July 20th- Dick & Willie Passage III, Martinsville
August 3rd- Beaver Creek Reservoir, Collinsville
August 17th- Jack Dalton Park, Collinsville
September 7th- Philpott Greenway, Bassett
September 21st- Jaycee Park, Collinsville
October 5th- Fieldale Trail, Fieldale
October 19th- Doe Run Park, Martinsville
November 2nd- Spencer Penn Centre, Spencer
November 16th- Liberty Fair Mall, Martinsville
December 7th- Uptown Spur Trail & Church Street, Martinsville

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