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HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

Gives you more energy and stamina, lifts your mood
Tones your muscles and strengthens your bones
Lowers your risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes
Increases the number of calories your body uses
Gives you an opportunity to actively socialize with friends and family

HOW TO START A WALKING CLUB: 3 EASY STEPS

1. Recruit Members
Talk to your family members, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues about your idea to start a walking group. If you’re a woman, you can recruit members through GirlTrek.

2. Get Organized
Gather and share everyone’s contact information. When you’re in it as a group, you can help keep each other motivated! Determine when, where, and how often you will walk. Figure out your route and decide if you plan to walk indoors and/or outdoors.

3. Get going!
Try it out (even if it’s only once) and walk your way towards better health while reclaiming your community in camaraderie.

GIRLTREK PRAYER TREK & GRATITUDE WALKS

GirlTrek is a national nonprofit organization and grassroots movement of thousands of Black women and girls who walk for better health! Women across the country sign up to trek solo or as part of a team and commit to walk at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If you would like to organize a team, GirlTrek will give you access to Chicago’s GirlTrek members and you can reach out to ladies in your area to see who might be interested.

Register for GirlTrek by visiting www.girltrek.org and clicking the “Walk with us” button. Download the “How to Join GirlTrek” document for tips to start a team in your neighborhood or at your church. Join our 9-Day Prayer Trek starting October 1 and the 40-Day Gratitude Walk that begins October 20. Follow the movement on Facebook and on Twitter @girltrek or #GirlTrek.

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