Sumter County Active Lifestyles, a local nonprofit organization, is recognizing February as National Heart Month and encouraging the public to get out and walk.
SCAL, whose mission is to "Enhance and Enrich the Sumter area through walking and biking," is sponsoring a walk on Saturday.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Palmetto Health Tuomey Day Surgery Parking Lot on Calhoun Street. The walk, which begins at 10 a.m., will be a round trip from the parking lot to Memorial Park and back to the parking lot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that healthy adults get 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as a brisk walk) each week. The Memorial Park Walk is about 1.5 miles and will last about 30 minutes depending on individual walking speed.
To maximize benefits of the walk, SCAL recommends healthy eating and drinking beforehand. About two hours before the walk, participants are encouraged to hydrate with water and eat healthy carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereals and breads, low-fat or fat-free yogurt and fruits and vegetables. Avoid saturated fats and large amounts of protein.
About 5 to 10 minutes before the walk, eat a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana. While walking, participants should sip small amounts of water to stay hydrated.
Following the walk, participants are invited to join SCAL members for complimentary light refreshsments at Sidewalk Caf on South Main. This time will allow walkers to get to know others who walk for pleasure and/or health.
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