Walking Historic Tour Intersects with History and Health

Walk Norfolk Chase routeA host of Norfolk agencies will be staging a novel program called the Walk Norfolk Historic Tour Saturday, June 4, beginning at 9 a.m. An educational and fitness outing, featuring historical highlights of Norfolk’s old Atlantic City region and historic Freemason district, the event will be the kick-off activity of Walk Norfolk Chase: http://www.norfolk.gov/walknorfolkchase. Walk Norfolk Chase is an ongoing overweight and obesity prevention initiative, designed to stem the tide of bulging waistlines in Norfolk and the region. Some 40 percent of Norfolk adults are overweight and 28 percent are obese. Even more alarming, childhood rates track along with adults, but have tripled since 1980. Yet, the benefits of walking are significant, to include: helping to control body weight, reduce high cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce risk of diseases like heart disease, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, and some cancers.

Walk Norfolk Chase the PagodaWalkers will take a 1.15 mile trek back in time, starting at the main Norfolk Public Health Center, 830 Southampton Avenue, and ending at the Pagoda, 265 West Tazewell Street. The first 40 participants to register online will receive a free pedometer. The Walk Norfolk Historic Tour will be an event where good health and history intersect, at once providing walkers with moderate exercise and a window on the City’s remarkable history.

The city of Norfolk Health Department is partnering with Norfolk State University in its Tobacco-Free HBCU Campus initiative launched in February 2016. For more information on the Walk Norfolk Historic Tour, call 757-683-8836 or email Terrance.Afer-Anderson@vdh.virginia.gov.

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