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AARP 10-week walking program lands in Johnson County this summer - 50 plus encouraged to sign up for free program
POSTED: 05/21/2008
AARP and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced recently that the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District will host one of twenty pilot 10-Week Walking Programs this summer. The free 10-Week Walking Program is part of a broader AARP goal to help prevent illness and keep people well through positive changes to personal behaviors, like exercise and diet.

Studies have shown that regular walking can help significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, and even some cancers. Walking programs can also reduce insurance costs, increase employee productivity, and promote mental well-being. AARP has found that 74 percent of its members who exercise prefer walking over any other type of physical activity.

"We are honored and pleased that we have been selected to offer this exciting program to the people of Johnson County," said Sara Thompson, 50 Plus Center Specialist. "We believe it will make a great addition to our ongoing fitness and walking programs."

"Walking can take place in any of the numerous venues provided by park and recreation agencies," noted Katie Grove Coffroad, Interim Executive Director of NRPA. "We are proud to be partnering with AARP on this 10 Week Walking program to promote health and livability throughout the lifespan of all Americans."

The AARP-NRPA 10-Week Walking Program will help participants find safe places to walk, and provide tools and support to help them take personal responsibility for their health and stick with their exercise plans. Each participant will receive a free step counter and guidebook, and be invited to sign-up for a walking group and weekly educational sessions on fitness and nutrition.

People interested in registering for the JCPRD 50 Plus 10-Week Walking Program can call the Olathe 50 Plus Center at (913) 782-1878. More information on the 10-Week Walking Program, as well as useful walking tips and online tools, can be found on AARP’s website,

Other locations hosting AARP-NRPA 10-Week Walking Programs include: Buckeye, Ariz.; Brentwood, Calif.; San Mateo, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Newington, Conn.; Washington, D.C.; Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.; Homewood, Ill.; Bloomington, Ind.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Mt. Sterling, Ky.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lincroft, N.J.; Charlotte, N.C.; Westerville, Ohio; Worthington, Ohio; Ponca City, Okla.; Conway, S.C.; and Woodruff, S.C.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. The organization produces AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, a quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and its website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. The organization has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit

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