The Rose City Steppers will meet on Saturday morning, November 13 to walk the perimeter of Giralda Farms in Madison for their monthly walk, #16 in the Madison Walks book. The Steppers are trying out a new addition to the Saturday morning walks – meeting for coffee and conversation fifteen minutes before starting out. All walkers are invited to bring a cup of coffee- or other favorite morning beverage- and meet at 8:45 a.m. for a short visiting time before the walk starts at 9:00. The group will gather on the sidewalk on Loantaka Way across from the intersection with Glenwild Road.

All residents of Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Morris Plains are invited to join the Steppers’ events.  Walkers are advised to wear comfortable clothes, appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle.  Walks are held rain or shine but will be cancelled for thunder storms or unsafe conditions.

An enthusiastic group of Steppers, joined by Mayor Mary-Anna Holden, a longtime member of the Steppers and exercise enthusiast, enjoyed the gorgeous, crisp morning of October 9th as they walked the Fairwoods neighborhood of Madison.  

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Membership in the Steppers is not required to participate in any of the monthly walks.  Walkers are invited to become members of the Steppers at any walk for a donation of $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors. Members of the Rose City Steppers have the advantage of online health messages, reminders of upcoming walks and activities, and a new member package that includes a “Rose City Steppers” visor, a “Madison Walks” book of local walk routes, and a water bottle waist pack. 

Numerous scientific studies continue to point to daily exercise as a key factor in maintaining health.  Madison health educator Christine Shesler suggests that the fall is an ideal time to “get in the habit” and find a physical activity to enjoy. Walking can be an excellent exercise choice for many people as it requires no special clothing, equipment or training – just a good pair of comfortable, well-fitting shoes appropriate for walking.

“Madison Walks” books are available for purchase ($5.00) at the walks or at the Health Department, 28 Walnut Street. “Madison Walks” is a compilation of twenty walk maps, fitness information and encouragement to exercise produced in partnership with the Madison Mayors Wellness Campaign.  The Health Department is in the Madison Civic Center, 28 Walnut Street, at the side, rear of the building through the new entryway and down the stairs.

Call the Health Educator at 973-593-3079x8 for more information.