Albertans are encouraged to walk 15 minutes outside on Feb. 3 for Alberta Blue Cross Winter Walk Day. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Albertans are encouraged to walk 15 minutes outside on Feb. 3 for Alberta Blue Cross Winter Walk Day. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Albertans encouraged to get outside for Winter Walk Day

Thousands of Albertans are expected to embrace the cold on Feb. 3 for Alberta Blue Cross Winter Walk Day.

The event is a province-wide initiative to get Albertans up and moving during the winter months and promote the year-round health benefits of walking. Citizens are encouraged to walk outside for at least 15 minutes.

“We’ve seen a lot of event cancellations this past year due to COVID-19, but the pandemic hasn’t cancelled winter—so we were determined to see Winter Walk Day continue,” said Brian Geislinger, vice-president, Corporate Relations for Alberta Blue Cross.

“As Albertans’ partner in wellness, we strive to make wellness accessible for everyone, and we’re proud to work with our community partners to promote this year’s walk.”

Last year, more than 100,000 Albertans and 800 organizations participated despite the cold.

Winter Walk Day is designed to show that winter outdoor activities can be a healthy, enjoyable experience. This year’s event holds particular significance because of the mental toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on families and individuals.



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