RSVP walking club to trek Great Bear Springs trails

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will host its second walking club event at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Great Bear Springs, south of Fulton.

ichard Drosse, a member of Friends of Great Bear, will lead the self-paced, 45-minute walk for retired or semi-retired older adults.  The club will accommodate those wishing to walk less or more. Rain date is Thursday, May 24.

Julie Goldman, an RSVP intern who helped lead the inaugural Oswego County Walking Club event earlier this month, cited the health prevention benefits of walking.

“After a great turnout at our first walking club event in Mexico, we’re looking forward to another fun and healthy walk,” Goldman said.

The walk through the woods at Great Bear Springs will provide an opportunity to explore nature, enhance balance and strength and support RSVP’s overall objective of developing health prevention initiatives with the help of volunteers.

Experts say walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to improve one’s health, protect the aging brain against memory loss and dementia, cut the risk of heart disease and reduce the chance of developing diabetes.

Great Bear Springs is 3.5 miles south of Fulton along County Route 57, where Hawthorne and Great Bear roads meet. The Friends of Great Bear is a volunteer group interested in preserving the recreational site.

For more information or to sign up for this or future walking club events, call RSVP at 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu. RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

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(Posted: May 15, 2012)

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