Lower shore health departments team up to encourage locals to commit to walking

The three health departments on the lower eastern shore are teaming up to promote a simple way to live a healthier lifestyle – walking.

Dozens of folks woke up bright and early Sunday, laced up their sneakers and took a walk around downtown Princess Anne.

The health departments from Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties, along with Walk2Connect and Walk Maryland, are encouraging 30 minutes of walking a day at a moderate pace that can improve not only your physical health, but also your mental health.

The hope is these events can help motivate locals to get some fresh air and hit the trails more often.

“The hope is to get people out moving more.  And it’s not about walking fast, it’s just about getting together, walking, connecting with each other, building relationships,” said Sharon Lynch, the public information officer for Somerset County Health Department.  “And while you’re doing it, you’re benefiting your body physically and mentally.”

This campaign is a 3-day event that goes on through Monday.  Two more walks will take place Monday in Pocomoke and Berlin.

There will also be a walking movement leader training event Monday night in Salisbury.

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