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BY JENNIFER HOEGG

Kings County Register

Earl Balsor will be 92 in May, but he doesn’t let his age - or his walker - slow him down.

Several times a week, he joins the crowd at Kentville’s indoor soccer facility to have “a little walk and talk,” especially when ice makes his subdivision hazardous.

The Coldbrook resident was one of more than 100 walkers on the turf at Kentville’s “soccer dome” Jan. 18, enjoying a free hour of indoor walking time. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Kentville walking club takes over the facility between 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is a $2 charge to help cover facility costs.

From November to April, the drop-in program draws a crowd of people walking, jogging and chatting. In the centre of the soccer field, smaller legs get a work out: the mornings have become popular times for toddlers and young children to burn off energy. “It has really become a social,” says Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight Macleod.

Kentville mayor David Corkum is a regular walker who enjoys the social part of the morning: “It really makes my heart feel good.” “We’re so lucky to have the space,” Kentville’s active living coordinator Nichole Lutz says.

Valley Soccer owns and operates the building on land leased from Kentville. Corkum says the town’s partnership with Valley Soccer was controversial at first, but the idea has paid off. “There’s people here walking today who told me (the facility) was a crazy idea,” Corkum adds. “To their credit, they have come to me and said ‘was I ever wrong about this one!’”

Heart healthy

People of all ages join in the indoor walks, but the cushy, flat surface makes the indoor experience especially popular with seniors, says Lutz. “They start calling in August, wondering when they can walk indoors.”

She was on site Jan. 18 with Tracy Burgess, community health promotion coordinator with Heart and Stroke Foundation, to hand out pedometers. Walkers keen on tracking their steps can borrow a pedometer for the hour and record their progress. “It’s very exciting to see the Town of Kentville providing support to walkers by making pedometers available during the indoor walking session,” Burgess says. “It’s another way to help keep people motivated and physically active.”

Staying active is important to physical and mental health, she adds, and walking is a great way to add exercise to your daily routine. “We’re giving people the opportunity to be active in the winter months somewhere out of the cold,” Lutz says. She hopes to increase the number of people keeping their physical activity up, whether walking, sledding, skating or snowshoeing.

Parks and recreation has Nordic walking poles and snowshoes to loan to residents wanting to try a new activity and a Winter Walk Day planned for Feb. 17 . For information on the walking club or other Kentville recreation activities, call Lutz at 679-2556 or email activeliving@kentville.ca

WEBLINKS

www.kentville.ca/community_recreation.cfm

BY JENNIFER HOEGG

Kings County Register

Earl Balsor will be 92 in May, but he doesn’t let his age - or his walker - slow him down.

Several times a week, he joins the crowd at Kentville’s indoor soccer facility to have “a little walk and talk,” especially when ice makes his subdivision hazardous.

The Coldbrook resident was one of more than 100 walkers on the turf at Kentville’s “soccer dome” Jan. 18, enjoying a free hour of indoor walking time. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Kentville walking club takes over the facility between 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is a $2 charge to help cover facility costs.

From November to April, the drop-in program draws a crowd of people walking, jogging and chatting. In the centre of the soccer field, smaller legs get a work out: the mornings have become popular times for toddlers and young children to burn off energy. “It has really become a social,” says Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight Macleod.

Kentville mayor David Corkum is a regular walker who enjoys the social part of the morning: “It really makes my heart feel good.” “We’re so lucky to have the space,” Kentville’s active living coordinator Nichole Lutz says.

Valley Soccer owns and operates the building on land leased from Kentville. Corkum says the town’s partnership with Valley Soccer was controversial at first, but the idea has paid off. “There’s people here walking today who told me (the facility) was a crazy idea,” Corkum adds. “To their credit, they have come to me and said ‘was I ever wrong about this one!’”

Heart healthy

People of all ages join in the indoor walks, but the cushy, flat surface makes the indoor experience especially popular with seniors, says Lutz. “They start calling in August, wondering when they can walk indoors.”

She was on site Jan. 18 with Tracy Burgess, community health promotion coordinator with Heart and Stroke Foundation, to hand out pedometers. Walkers keen on tracking their steps can borrow a pedometer for the hour and record their progress. “It’s very exciting to see the Town of Kentville providing support to walkers by making pedometers available during the indoor walking session,” Burgess says. “It’s another way to help keep people motivated and physically active.”

Staying active is important to physical and mental health, she adds, and walking is a great way to add exercise to your daily routine. “We’re giving people the opportunity to be active in the winter months somewhere out of the cold,” Lutz says. She hopes to increase the number of people keeping their physical activity up, whether walking, sledding, skating or snowshoeing.

Parks and recreation has Nordic walking poles and snowshoes to loan to residents wanting to try a new activity and a Winter Walk Day planned for Feb. 17 . For information on the walking club or other Kentville recreation activities, call Lutz at 679-2556 or email activeliving@kentville.ca

WEBLINKS

www.kentville.ca/community_recreation.cfm

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