AMHERST – Stressed? Feeling a little burned out? Maybe something has been on your mind? You should get out for a walk.
© Christopher Gooding photo
Entering its seventh year, the Minds in Motion Walk will take place May 7th in Amherst. Kicking-off the campaign date, (front) Michelle Jaguary and Sara Chapell unveiled this year’s artwork with (back, from left) Juliana Beebe, Chelsie Dowe, artist Brad Rogers, Laura Coleman, Pam Chenhall, Down Ripley, Frank Balcom and Patricia Spicer.
Entering its seventh year, the Minds In Motion Walk is slated for Wednesday, May 7th, promoting one of the easiest ways to promote mental health.
“Sometimes a walk is the best thing you can do for your mental health,” Cumberland Health Authority’s Pam Chenhall said. “It gets the endorphins flowing.”
Coinciding with Mental Health Week, the Minds In Motion Walk has become an annual tradition drawing upwards of 100 participants each year. This year with partners from the Town of Amherst, Cumberland YMCA, health boards for Springhill, Pugwash, Southampton, Advocate, Parrsboro, Oxford and Amherst, as well as the Bridge Adult Service Centre, this year promises to be no different.
“The walk began as a group of clients needing more exercise and for Mental Health Week a walk was planned. Then it was decided if there was going to be a walk there should be a barbecue,” Chenhall said. “That first year, 150 people came out. We were so excited we had to do it again.”
This year, meeting at the YMCA parking lot at 12 p.m., where the Cumberland YMCA’s Laura Coleman will lead a stretch before participants walk a 2 km course in Amherst’s downtown, with local police stationing at crosswalks to ensure public safety. Early expectations are there will be an outstanding number of participants this year.
“Last year we had a major contingent from the [Amherst] high school that we’re expecting again and we’re hoping the influence of [Canadian Olympian] Clara Hughes visiting Amherst will take shape and will get more students out. We have small groups getting people excited and the Bridge workshop is getting ready,” Chenhall said.
Because of the large outcome expected, participants are asked to contact 667-3319 with the group numbers so organizers can plan for the barbecue, which will feature local “celebrity” chefs at the grill.