Walking is a great, low-cost way to get active! In an effort to encourage more physical activity in Norwalk, the Health Department led a neighborhood walking program called “Become a NorWALKER.” With help from the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department and Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department, the Health Department mapped dozens of walking routes throughout the city. Find a neighborhood you would like to explore and become a NorWALKER!
Community-led walks are emerging throughout the City of Norwalk! Neighborhood walks are a great opportunity to meet new members of your community, to engage in regular physical activity, and to see parts of Norwalk you may not have explored before. As of February 2017, residents from the Silvermine and South Norwalk neighborhoods lead walks each month, following a NorWALKer Route or creating a walking route of their own. Click here to see the community walk schedule.
If you would like to start a community walking program in your neighborhood, the Norwalk Health Department and Healthy for Life Project are here to help! Email Kaitlin Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or help getting started.
More Information about Walking and Getting Active
Health officials recommend that all adults participate in 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense physical exercise on most days (for a total of about 150 minutes per week). This recommendation can be accomplished all at once or in smaller 10- to 15-minute periods throughout the day. Keep in mind that any physical activity is better than none, and getting started is the important step.
Walking is one of the easiest, most accessible, and most beneficial forms of exercise. It offers a wide range of health benefits, encourages weight loss, requires minimal joint stress, and can be done by people of all ages. All you need is a pair of good shoes, some comfortable clothing, and a path to get started on your own walking journey.