Walk for Health at the Island Free Library

The Island Free Library is in the second year of our Walk for Health program. You may have even heard of the Walking Program at the library, or know one of our participants. The program, while not exactly static, takes place daily in the lower level program rooms. Walk for Health is akin to low to medium impact aerobics and brings together islanders of all ages, men and women alike.
Why Walk for Health? Many begin our walking program at the encouragement of their medical professional or other participants. Research has shown that walking for 2.5 hours a week — or at least 21 minutes a day  — can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 percent. This free program and activity can meet you where you are at, whether that is a daily walk workout of 1-2 miles or several miles! Walking as exercise reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, aids memory, improves balance and coordination and boosts your mood! According to Harvard Health online, ‘Even a quick one-minute jaunt pays off.  A University of Utah study in 2014 found that for every minute of

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