Let’s Get Moving Wayne County

— Written By Christine Smith and last updated by Kim Davis

As a member of the Go Wayne Go task force, I invite you to make healthy lifestyle choices and start moving more. As an educator what can I do to help you meet this goal? Cooperative Extension has always been in the education business. If educational classes were offered, it would help us to know your area of interest to ensure that programs be relevant and timely. Please call (919) 731-1525 or email Kim Davis at kim.davis@waynegov.com to indicate your area(s) of interest. Examples may include:

  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Food preservation (canning, freezing and pickling)
  • Diabetes education
  • Fitness classes
  • High blood pressure and heart disease
  • Obesity for adults and children
  • Cancer
  • Other (Suggestions for things you would like to see from the Go Wayne Go committee)

What can you do now? Start moving more; those who attended the kickoff on Tuesday night enjoyed the line dancing done by the Fit and Fabulous participants. Here are some tips to add movement to your day:

  • Create an exercise accountability partnership.
  • When walking, pick up the pace from leisurely to brisk.
  • Make time to work in your yard, rake leaves, prune, dig in the garden, mow the grass (using a riding mower doesn’t count) and pick up trash.
  • Go out for a short walk before breakfast, after dinner or both! Start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 30 minutes.
  • Walk or bike to the corner store instead of driving.
  • Walk the dog; it is healthy for you and the dog.
  • Park farther away at the shopping mall and walk the extra distance. Wear your walking shoes and sneak in an extra lap or two around the mall.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or get off a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.
  • Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.)
  • Make a date with a friend to enjoy your favorite physical activities. Do them regularly.
  • Play your favorite music while exercising; enjoy something that motivates you.

Make time to move more, studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours. Even when we walk for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits. Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health

Senior citizens (age 60 and over) in WayneCounty are able to participate in line dancing classes, walking group or chair exercise classes at the PeggyM.SeegarsSeniorCenter. The center is located at 2001 E. Ash Street and offers more than just exercise opportunities for senior citizens. If you have not been to the new senior center; make plans to check them out soon.

I would like to personally challenge each of you to take the next step and start moving more.

Thoughts to ponder:

High expectations are the key to everything. ~ Sam Walton

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. ~ Les Brown

Christine Smith, M.S., is an Extension Agent in the department of Family & Consumer Sciences with N.C. Cooperative Extension, NCSU, Wayne County. Information on other services available can be found online at http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/ or call me at 731-1525 for additional information.

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