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Spring Into Wellness
March 21, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Helen Chaney, Barbara Dean, and Kathy Moore are working on several health and wellness goals through a class at their church.

"We're trying to do better with eating habits and that type of thing, and we need to exercise every day. We work out at the Y, and we do yoga, and we wanted to do the walking in the park," Chaney said.

The also each suffer from forms of arthritis.

"I have rheumatoid arthritis, and I'm looking for ways to get my knees moving better," Dean said.

The trio came out for the first week of Spring Into Wellness. It's a new walking initiative offered through the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation and the Arthritis Foundation.

"I go to water aerobics, which is good for arthritis, and then this, I'm hoping, that will augment that," Moore said.

Dean said she knows the walking will be beneficial on many levels. "The more I walk, the more lubricated my joints. It helps with the swelling and discomfort," she said.

They're going through each step together. "We thought that this would be a good way to encourage each other to exercise," Dean said.

You don't have to suffer from arthritis to join the walking group. More than 50 people came out to the first session, which is free to the public.

"It's just a way of getting everyone out, and getting them moving, and motivating them and trying to help them with all their goals that they may have set back in January that they probably may have put off to the side for a little while," Bryan Danford, GHPRD Activities Director, said.

They'll meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Ritter Park Fountain. You can walk at your own pace for an hour. The session ends April 24.

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