Pine Street walk­ing tour set for Oc­to­ber 4

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Eastern Shore Net­work for Change will host a walk­ing tour of Pine Street in Cam­bridge Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the third an­nual Walk Mary­land Day.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan is en­cour­ag­ing all Mary­lan­ders to take to the streets, paths, or even malls to walk dur­ing the event, which cel­e­brates the of­fi­cial state ex­er­cise — walk­ing.

Last year, more than 500 walkers and 100 schools par­tic­i­pated. This year, the aim is for even greater par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The Eastern Shore Net­work for Change founders, Dion Banks and Kisha Pet­ti­co­las, wel­comes the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in The Pine Street Walk­ing Tour: A Story of Com­mu­nity, Faith, Hope and Change, which will be­gin at 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4, at Long Wharf Park. The route is about 1.3 miles and takes you on a tour of land­marks im­por­tant to the civil rights move­ment and the African-American com­mu­nity.

“Whether you are walk­ing dur­ing your lunch break, walk­ing your dog, or walk­ing to get some­where, ev­ery step counts to­wards your im­proved health,” said Julie Jones, well­ness cham­pion at the Dorch­ester County Health De­part­ment.

Other ways Dorch­ester County res­i­dents can cel­e­brate in­clude vis­it­ing one of the many walk­ing trails, such as Great Marsh Park, Sail winds Park, Vi­enna’s His­toric Walk­ing Tour, Old Trin­ity Church Her­itage Trail, and the East New Mar­ket’s Friend­ship Park Trail. The Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge has sev­eral trails, in­clud­ing the 1/3 mile paved Marsh Edge Trail, 2 1/2-mile Key Wal­lace Trail, the 1/2mile Woods Trail, and the 3.6 mile drive that can be walked or biked.

The Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Guide­lines for Amer­i­cans rec­om­mend that adults en­gage in 150 min­utes a week of mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity aer­o­bic phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Walk­ing is an ac­ces­si­ble and in­ex­pen­sive way to meet the guide­lines and gain the ben­e­fits of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Walk­ing just 30 min­utes a day can help re­duce your risk of many con­di­tions such as heart dis­ease, stroke, di­a­betes, obe­sity, os­teo­poro­sis, and de­pres­sion.

To learn more about Walk Mary­land Day and how you can get in­volved, contact Julie Jones at 410-901-8133 or julie. jones@mary­land.gov.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Com­mu­nity mem­bers walk along Pine Street dur­ing the Eastern Shore Net­work for Change’s Re­flec­tions on Pine event in July. The ESNC will host The Pine Street Walk­ing Tour at 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct 4.

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