Friday, June 28, 2013
New Trail Keeps Lubbock Walking Toward Wellness
A walking trail has been added at the Lubbock Youth Sports Complex as part of the Nutrition Physical Activity Obesity Prevention Grant.
Written by Suzanna Cisneros
The location of the trail provides south Lubbock residents more opportunities to stay active.
The Garrison Institute on Aging in collaboration with the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation announced the opening of a new walking trail at the Lubbock Youth Sports Complex.
Annette Boles, of the Garrison Institute on Aging, said currently there are not many walking trails in south Lubbock.
“The walking trail gives the community another opportunity for activity,” Boles said. “There are not many walking trails south of 98th Street. We’re excited to provide this type of opportunity to make Lubbock a healthier place to live and help keep Lubbock active.”
According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Improve blood lipid profile
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance mental well-being
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetes
The new .75 mile trail has been added to the area around the north end softball and baseball quads at Lubbock Youth Sports Complex as a part of the Nutrition Physical Activity Obesity Prevention Grant. The grant gives communities opportunities to add walking trails at public service venues.
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Garrison Institute on Aging
In 1999, university leadership identified aging as a strategic priority. Today, the Garrison Institute on Aging honors Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison's commitment and leadership to advancing aging and Alzheimer's disease research, education and service for West Texans.Throughout the year, the institute hosts the Health Aging Lecture Series, designed to educate the public on current health issues.