Originally posted as an event on Milford Patch. Note: Walk-in registration will be accepted Saturday morning.
Milford is richly populated with special events that serve as fundraisers and public awareness campaigns for a plethora of organizations.
Peppered throughout the week and abundant on weekends, one can hopscotch from event to event while supporting various worthy causes.
Some of the more creative events incorporate physical activity – ‘cause’-athons, fun runs, 3K or 5Ks, bike rides, and more.
Fundraiser Takes Legs
One fundraiser that has taken legs is the annual signature event of the Milford Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Council. The third annual Step by Step To A Healthier Milford (SxSIII) will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 28.
This six-week self-monitoring walking program was developed to inspire a user-friendly and practical methodology to adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
All greater Milford residents are invited to participate. Walkers pay a registration fee of $20 and receive a pedometer, goodie bag, and free gym club memberships to the Woodruff YMCA (6 weeks) and LA Fitness (30 days).
A portion of the proceeds fund an annual scholarship for college students and ongoing health and wellness educational programs developed and presented by the Health & Wellness Council.
The Event Kickoff takes place at Walnut Beach Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 28. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will enjoy exhibits offering valuable health information, various physical activities demonstrations, and sign up time on the ‘fitness pledge board.’
Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, Chamber CEO/President President Kathy Alagno, and other dignitaries and SxSIII walkers will participate in the inaugural walk on Silver Sands Boardwalk – rain or shine!
Walking – Just Do It!
In 2012, 100 participants accrued a total of 4 million steps. The goal of the six week measured walking program is for each participant to increase the number of steps they take each day and reap the many positive health benefits associated with increased physical activity -- burn calories, strengthen back muscles, slim the waist, and more.
Tracking the number of steps taken each day is easy with the provided pedometer, step tracking guide and tracking sheet. The Chamber will keep tallies of all walkers’ steps.
The ultimate goal for each individual is to achieve10,000 steps per day -- the approximate equivalent of 5 miles. The walking can be done almost anywhere.
Individuals, group and corporate walkers are invited and encouraged.
Refreshments and Recognitions
All registered walkers are invited to attend the SXSIII
Celebration and Recognition of Accomplishments on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Hospital Conference Room. This wrap up program will include refreshments, recognitions for walker accomplishments, and a brief motivational talk by Milford Hospital Education Director Diane Frankel-Gramelis on the long lasting benefits of staying active.
The Milford Chamber Health and Wellness Council was founded in 2006. It is comprised of entrepreneurs and those working in the health and wellness industry.
Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday at the Milford Chamber Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. For more information visit www.milfordct.com or call the Milford
Chamber at 203-878-0681.