Easy & Healthy Walking
Research has demonstrated the benefits of movement to counteract a myriad of mental and health issues such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and poor self-esteem to name just a few of the many preventable illnesses. A recent study by the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health concluded that one hour of walking reduces the risk of major depression by 26 percent. Walking and other forms of movement also increases endorphins in the body which are chemicals that produce a sense of well-being. Toxins associated with inflammation and other diseases are released when we walk or exercise. As research has stated walking has benefits for the mind and the body.
In several studies, the Mayo Clinic demonstrated the importance of physical activity including walking for the prevention of diabetes, promotion of weight lost, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.
The importance of staying mentally and physically healthy is paramount in poor communities where families struggle to survive economically and face many challenges that negatively impact their physical and mental health. For these reasons the CSFHC implemented a walking program to engage families in a walking activity that includes health literacy as a prevention practice.
To provide parents a health activity that increases physical movement and decreases stress.
To improve relationships between family members, neighbors and police.
To encourage healthy lifestyles that promotes improved physical and mental health.
A walking program to engage families in a walking activity that includes health literacy as a prevention practice.