Start Walking Calcasieu! City Challenge
Why Start Walking Calcasieu?
Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do for your health. Our bodies are meant to move. If you walk consistently, you can help delay or prevent many of the complaints of aging – aches and pains and increasing immobility. Americans are 32 percent less active today than we were two generations ago.
In Calcasieu Parish, we rank among the top obese communities in the nation with 37% of our residents considered overweight.
We drive to work, sit behind a desk all day, drive home and sit in front of the television all night. If current trends continue, many Americans will exert only slightly more energy than if they slept 24 hours a day.
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for all premature deaths. It contributes significantly to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer — even depression and Alzheimer’s.
It is also very expensive for our country. In 2008 alone, the U.S. incurred $147 billion in costs associated with physical inactivity. That’s twice the size of the federal budget for the Department of Education!
Let’s make some changes and dare to be healthy today! Join the challenge to Start Walking Calcasieu! Get moving and see some immediate improvements.
Walking can help:
Improve mood and help ease depression
Boost your immune system
Maintain mental efficiency
Strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles
Lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
Improve energy and endurance
The City Walks are as follows:
March 8 Sulphur- The Groves at Heritage Square 9:00 a.m.
March 15 Lake Charles- Lake Charles Civic Center Promenade 8:00 a.m.
March 15 Vinton- Vinton High School Track and Field 8:00 a.m.
March 22 Westlake- Manegan Center 8:00 a.m.
March 29 Iowa- City Park 8:00 a.m.
March 29 Dequincy- Baseball/Softball Complex @ Union Pacific Park 9:00 a.m
Dare to Start Walking Pledge