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Guided walks to encourage exercise, spotlight parks

TONAWANDA - There will be a free, guided walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Ellicott Creek Park, Tonawanda. The walk is part of the “Be Active Erie County!,” six-week program. The program is aimed to help promote active and healthy lifestyle choices.

Program Assistant at the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo Walks, Donna DeYot said it includes various health screenings and health education information. They will be talking about chronic diseases, Body Mass Index, and they have smoking cessation services and cessation program enrollment at each walk.

They run the walks in the spring and fall at parks through Erie County.

“The Erie County parks are totally under utilized so it introduces people to the majestic aspects of the parks and it also exposes them to the screenings and health materials,” said Marcia Crosby, public health educator for the Erie County Department of Health.

Registration for each event is at 9 a.m. with the walks starting at 9:45 a.m. There are two walks, one is 1.25 miles and the other is 2.5 miles.

The walks are led by Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Program, as well Erie County staff and wellness majors from Buffalo State College.

“Ellicott Creek Park has great paths for walkers and runners, along with the outdoor exercise area and disc golf course. This guided walk will show attendees all the great assets that are offered at the park,” said Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick.

There will be two more walks in the series, one on Oct. 20 at Sprague Brook Park and Oct. 27 at Chestnut Ridge Park. The Oct. 27 walk will be Halloween themed. DeYot said there will be a costume contest and scavenger hunt as additions to the walk.

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