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Reno Mall Walking for Seniors


The National Institute of Health is kicking off the Go4Life campaign in September to encourage aging adults to get up and get moving to improve their health. The Go4Life campaign, in its third year, is encouraging seniors to Move More, focusing on helping older adults move a little more, work a little harder, and try to fit in four types of daily exercise to improve health outcomes. They include:

Additionally, the Go4Life campaign has suggestions and tips on how to get started to improve nutrition, physical activity and safety.

The Center for Healthy Aging is jumping onboard encouraging people to walk at Meadowood Mall. The program is free for people 50- years of age and over with the first taking place August 23, from 9-10 a.m. The class will be held every Wednesday.

“Snacks and water will be provided at the walk to make sure everyone stays hydrated and healthy,” explained organizer Michelle Perry. Studies have shown that seniors who walk have higher recovery rates, lower risk of falling, and a lower chance of incurring a mental illness.

Walking helps improve all four area’s of physical fitness recommended in the Go4Life campaign. Walkers gain endurance and strength in muscle, better balance and flexibility, improved breathing and heart rate. According to the Mayo Clinic, a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life by:

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


The Center is also looking for volunteers in the Reno/Sparks area to come together and start guided walks across Washoe County. People interested in participating in the class or volunteering can contact Michelle by calling 775-384-4324 or writing to michellevipwellness@