FCSS prepares for sun Winter Walk Day

Albertans plan on enjoying a fun Winter Walk Day on Feb. 4 and Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) hopes

Ponoka FCSS is taking part in the province-wide Winter Walk Day on Feb. 4. The walk starts at Legacy Place and will also be held in the Heritage Barn at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

Ponoka FCSS is taking part in the province-wide Winter Walk Day on Feb. 4. The walk starts at Legacy Place and will also be held in the Heritage Barn at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

Albertans plan on enjoying a fun Winter Walk Day on Feb. 4 and Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) hopes to take advantage of the event.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., seniors and family members will be able to enjoy a fun walk through the Rimoka Lodge Legacy Place, explained Shelly Van Eaton, program co-ordinator with FCSS. She says the day is meant to promote health and wellness as well as bringing members of the community together.

Working with FCSS is the Calnash Ag Event Centre, which will open its Heritage Barn to people from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. who want to enjoy a good walk but stay off of snow and elements. Its length is ideal for a fun walk.

During the week, the barn is also available for walkers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but on Winter Walk Day coffee and hot chocolate will be available for those who want to warm up.

Van Eaton says seniors who need transportation to get to the Heritage Barn should contact her at the FCSS office to organize a pick up. Call 403-783-4462 for more information.

Last year, more than 141,000 Albertans stepped out for Winter Walk Day. It is an annual event encouraging Albertans to walk outdoors for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Last year , 393 schools, 112 workplaces and 114 community groups throughout Alberta stepped up for Winter Walk Day, with some groups issuing challenges to encourage others to get active.

Visit winterwalkday.com for more information on the province-wide initiative.