News | Published August 15, 2012

Health Walk is becoming a tradition at the Grange Fair

Mount Nittany Health will be hosting the 3rd annual Health Walk at the Grange Fair - a weeklong walking challenge from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30 to encourage fair goers to get a little extra exercise while enjoying everything the fair has to offer. Kick off will be 9:00 am on Friday, August 24 at the Grandstand.

Last year, Sally Barkman from Reedsville was one of the 50 people who participated in the Mount Nittany Health Walk kick-off event at the Centre County Grange Fair because, "This is one of my strategies for keeping weight off during the fair," said Barkman. She walked a mile each day of the seven-day event and in so doing, became a "passport member" of the Mount Nittany Health walk. With five stamps on her passport, she received a Mount Nittany Health pedometer as a gift.

Q & A about walking:

Q: Will I get the same benefit from just walking as I would from other exercise?
: Yes. Regular walking at the right pace gives you all the benefits of other aerobic activities such as jogging and swimming.

Q: Will walking help me lose weight and keep it off?
: Yes. Per mile, walking can burn as many calories as jogging. Your healthcare provider can help work walking into your weight-loss plan.

Q: Is walking safe for my health?
: Yes. Walking is safe if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or other conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider before you start.