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Stroll The Shore: Bridgeport Announces Free Walking Series

Stroll the shore with new friends at Bridgeport's Get Healthy Walk 'n Talk series in Seaside Park. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
You may forget you're burning calories while walking at pretty Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Not quite ready for swimsuit season?

You can tone up and make new friends through the second annual Get Healthy Walk ’n Talk, a six-week free community walking series sponsored by Bridgeport’s Department of Health and Social Services.

The series kicks off May 6 at 9 a.m. and runs each Saturday through June 10.

The group will meet at Seaside Park near the horse stables and walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

That’s it. It’s free, there’s no registration and all are invited to join the walk.

“The Get Healthy Walk ’n Talk is a fun way to increase physical activity, while building social support and engaging in health discussions,” said Maritza Bond, director of Health and Social Services.

Community health providers, such as registered dietitians and pediatricians, will be available to talk about health issues during the walks.

Walking reduces risk factors for heart disease, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, and reduces the effects of stress. Walking in a group provides social support, which is said to increase the time spent in physical activity, improves fitness levels and improves confidence in the ability to exercise.

The first Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk began in Bridgeport in the spring 2016 and the movement has since spread to several cities in Connecticut.

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