Walking Group Starting February 3rd


Area residents looking for a little extra motivation to keep moving during the winter months are invited to participate in the Cool Walk Group at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown.

Walkers will meet from 9:30 to 10:15 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning starting Monday February 3, 2020. This session will continue for eight weeks, ending March 30, 2020.

The Cool Walk is open to all walkers, regardless of current fitness level, age, or ability. The program offers accountability, exercise tips, weekly prize drawings, and access to coaching and support from a certified walking program instructor. The Cool Walk is a partnership between the Northwest Arena and the County Health Department.

“Walking is a great way to improve stamina and overall fitness, and the cushioned track at the Northwest Arena offers a safe, comfortable, and friendly environment for walking,” says Northwest Arena’s Executive Director, Keith Martin.

Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller of the County Health Department is the Cool Walk coach and notes: “Our last program had fast walkers and slow walkers, and we all had a good time and noticed improvement. Participants walk at their own pace, but often find others to walk with, which makes the laps go by so quickly!”

“We’re also excited to have guest walkers coming to the program, including a “Walk with the Mayor” featuring Jamestown’s newly elected Mayor, Eddie Sundquist, and representatives from other area organizations,” adds Ms. Schmidtfrerick-Miller. “

The Cool Walk program is offered at no charge; but participants are asked to purchase a walking membership to the Arena. A day pass is just $1.00, and a Membership costs $1.00 per session, or $15.00 for a month or $45.00 for six months of unlimited walking. Memberships may be purchased at the Arena front desk.

Pre-registration for the Cool Walk is not required, however participants are asked to start the first week in February if possible. Individuals with health concerns are asked to check with their healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program. For more information, call Lisa at the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 716-753-4795, or email her at activecounty@co.chautauqua.ny.us.