Recreational walkers sought for RSVP clubs in Oswego County

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, seeks people willing to walk together while adding strength, enhancing balance and having fun in the company of others in walking clubs throughout Oswego County.

“Walking, one of the first things we have ever learned to do, may be one of the easiest exercises you can do to improve your health. It will help you maintain your independence and ability to do daily tasks as you age,” said Barbara Bushman, health professor at Missouri State University.

According to Candy Sagon in the AARP Bulletin, “Walking regularly can help protect the aging brain against memory loss and dementia, help cut the risk of heart disease, and reduce the chance of developing diabetes.”

While most people are willing to travel to walk, ideally each community should have at least one group of people willing to walk on a routine basis, organizers said. From a simple 10-minute walk while working towards improved endurance, to exploring different sites in Oswego County, both local and destination walks can be accommodated.

People who are interested in joining a Walking Club, becoming a phone coordinator and/or leading walks are encouraged to contact RSVP. The following communities are active and looking for new walking members: Palermo—Rachel Brooks, 963-1069 (no calls after 8 p.m.); Mexico—Marge Flood, 447-4996, or Jane Backus, 391-0436; town of Oswego—Anne Knutson, 342-7409 or; and Phoenix—Loretta Milewski, 696-6746.

Walking club participants will receive an RSVP “Passport” to track their progress and milestones.

For more information on this and other RSVP programs or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

(Posted: Apr 25, 2013)