Ready. Set. Walk!
Looking for a way to stay active? Like walking? Have we got the program for you! Join us at the West Oaks Mall for the HWO Mall Walkers Program.
Make friends and earn rewards while improving your health. Free monthly breakfasts (2nd Tuesday of the month; food provided by Orlando Health), with exercise and stretching led by the YMCA of Central Florida and Orlando Health. The breakfasts not only give you a chance to meet other walkers and share your health journey, but there’s also recognition for milestone achievements!
One of the biggest benefits? The Mall Walkers Program provides a climate-controlled environment for you to enjoy. Florida weather can be tricky. It’s hot (very hot) for most of the year, and serious thunderstorms can erupt without warning. The West Oaks Mall provides the perfect place to walk without worrying about the weather, and is available to walkers from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm – Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm – Sundays. Rain or shine, hot or cold, the mall is the perfect place to meet your friends and get in your steps.
Register at the West Oaks Mall – Courtesy Table in the food court for the HWO Mall Walkers Program. Meet Debra, Barbara, or Charlie on Mondays from 8 am-10 am and Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 11:30 am to get signed up and start making friends.
Enjoy walking at The West Oaks Mall! Don’t forget to fill out your card and track your mileage.
Show up to the monthly Mall Walkers Breakfast (8:30 am the second Tuesday of each month) to meet up with other walkers and win some swanky prizes.
It’s FREE and FUN for the whole family!
Want to share your fitness journey and encourage others to join? Share a photo of yourself walking at the West Oaks Mall on social media with #HWOMallWalkers and/or #HealthyWestOrange, or email us at Westly@HealthyWestOrange.org.
Need an extra push to get motivated to start? Check out all the Health Benefits of Physical Activity:
With new research and the release of the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans there are plenty of benefits that come from physical activity. While moving more and sitting less is the goal, lowering your blood pressure and improving your cardiovascular health to fight heart disease is important. New evidence also shows that physical activity has immediate health benefits, such as reduced anxiety, improved quality of sleep and insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, keeping up with physical activity consistently has even more long-term health benefits, like improved cognition, bone health, and fitness and heart health. It can also reduce the risk of depression. Others include: prevention of 8 types of cancer (bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach, and lung) and reduces the risk of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). So, keeping daily activity can improve your overall health and quality of life! Want even more info? Check out the Top 10 Things to Know About the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.