Lace up your sneakers and get to trekking. A new group, Rose City Trekkers, as part of the Washington, D.C. initiative GirlTrek, is encouraging black women to get in daily exercise.
The group’s first monthly walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St. in Tyler.
The nationwide group hopes to heal bodies, encourage sisterhood, and inspire one million trekkers by 2018.
According to a 2014 State of Obesity report, more than 75 percent of African Americans are overweight or obese, which includes 69 percent of men and 82 percent of women.
Exercise is more than just looking better. It’s also about quality of life–having energy and living without chronic illnesses that lead to a dependency on medications. All it takes is 30 minutes of walking, and the results can be significant, from lower blood pressure and improved circulation to reducing blood sugar levels and boosting the mood.
To learn more about GirlTrek visit www.girltrek.org. To join Rose City Trekkers, sign up here.