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Walking for Wellness
On March 11th, 2012, ENACT Director Julie Keysor, Ph.D. presented the Peoples Baptist Church of Roxbury with a plaque to celebrate its success in mobilizing members to engage in a “walk for wellness” program as a strategy for remaining active, despite having a diagnosis of arthritis. This program was implemented with information presented by ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region. Members of the Peoples Baptist Church participated in educational and motivational activities focused on active living with arthritis.
The group of walkers, organized by church member Sister Alveta Haynes, used pedometers and walking logs to record their daily steps, striving for an initial goal of 5 million steps in a four-month period. The group successfully surpassed their goal by taking 6 million steps collectively, a distance approximately equal to walking from Boston to Philadelphia and back.
The project was so effective in promoting individual and community wellness that collaborators are planning “next steps” and working on ways to expand and grow this exciting initiative.