RSVP Club To Promote Benefits Of Walking With Event In Mexico

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s RSVP will launch a walking club with an event Thursday in Mexico.

All retired, semi-retired and senior residents of Oswego County are invited to meet at 3:15 p.m. at the Mexico Methodist Church parking lot on Route 69. The walk through the village will last approximately 45 minutes.

This is the first of many walking club events RSVP plans to launch throughout Oswego County.

Experts say walking is one of the best medicines, organizers said, and the simple action of walking can help prevent life-threatening diseases, build physical strength and enhance balance, while the walkers have fun in the company of others.

But starting slowly is cautioned as well. “Don’ t set a really large goal,” said Dr. Sharon Brangman, chief of geriatric medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. “Set a small one first, like walking one block, then gradually add on to that.”

Start with five to 10 minutes of walking, and gradually increase to 30 minutes five days a week, Brangman said. Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, she added.

RSVP, a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

For more information, contact RSVP, located in Room 103 of Rich Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus, at 312-2317 or [email protected]