WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano has introduced a new wellness initiative to encourage exercise and promote healthier lifestyles. The program is called Wayne Walks and it is being described in the flyer as a fun, incentives driven walking program designed to encourage residents of all ability levels to walk locally whether alone, or in a group.

Will Walking Make a Difference?

The Mayo Clinic’s website on walking says: “Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

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For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.”

“This is another new program offered though our Parks & Recreation Department,” said Vergano. “It will be a great way for residents to meet their neighbors and have a great time walking and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

Walks take place across Wayne in local neighborhoods between March 28 and June 13, 2020.  Each walk is one mile in length and participants are encouraged to join organized walks or walk on their own at least three times per week.

“Many times, our young people are staying inside playing video games and our older population is glued to the television,” said Vergano. “These walks will encourage everyone to go outside and enjoy life.”

Vergano has a reason to be concerned. According to the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data, the age-adjusted prevalence of obese New Jersey adults increased from 23.8% in 2011 to 27.7% in 2017.

A grant application has been applied for through Atlantic Health. “The funds will be used to purchase pedometers for those residents that need them along with t-shirts and water bottles,” said Vergano. “We will also have prizes and a breakfast at the conclusion of the program.”

The kickoff walk with Mayor Vergano is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Waks Memorial Park.

To register for the program, stop by the Parks and Rec Department at Town Hall or online here: www.waynetownship.com. There is a fee of $10 to participate.

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Walk Leaders Wanted!

What is a Walk Leader?

A walk leader is a person who enjoys recreational walking, and has time to volunteer between 2-4 hours per week leading community walks in their neighborhood.

What does a Walk Leader do?

  • Will lead a 20-minute, 1 mile walk, three or more days per week in their neighborhood. 
  • During the walk, will lead the activities in the Mayor’s Weekly Challenge. 
  • Will use forms provided by Parks & Recreation to record walk results. 
  • Will communicate any schedule changes/cancellations to Parks & Recreation personnel in a timely manner.

The Walk Leader will set up a schedule with the Parks & Recreation Department on the days/times of the week the Walk Leader is available to host their neighborhood walks.  The great part of being a Walk Leader is you choose the days/times that are convenient for you!  In addition to the health benefits of walking, Walk Leaders will receive FREE Wayne Walks apparel and be automatically entered into the end-of-season prize giveaway!

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Join a walk, earn rewards in the Mayor’s Weekly Challenge and live a healthier lifestyle starting with walking one mile per day!