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Fort Macleod residents join Winter Walk Day

Fort Macleod residents joined an organized walk on Winter Walk Day.

Even with Fort Macleod caught in the icy grip of winter, residents still got moving Wednesday for Winter Walk Day.
Five hundred and 37 people took part in the annual event, logging 22,982 minutes of walking.
The number of participants dropped from 777 last year, and the total minutes also fell from 34,839.
The 2018 numbers are still ahead of 2016 when 410 people walked for a total of 11,408 minutes.
Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor suspects the weather kept participation down this year.
“It was pretty cold this year,” O’Connor said Friday.
Participants this year included staff and students from W.A. Day and F.P. Walshe schools, residents at Rosewood Villa and Fort Macleod Extendicare, and people at the Foothills Centre.
Minutes were also recorded by people taking part in the adult walking program at Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, as well as community members who gathered at Cafe Orange for a walk.
Winter Walk Day is a provincial initiative led by Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE) to promote fitness in Alberta.
Held the first Wednesday of February every year, Winter Walk Day promotes the health benefits of walking.