Groove City Trekkers active for six months

CAMBRIDGE – Half a year and many miles later, the Groove City Trekkers are celebrating success in their efforts to promote fitness and civil rights among African-American women and girls.

“Never a dull moment with these ladies. We celebrate our six-month anniversary as girltrekkers, end of summer, Christmas celebration and here’s to 2018,” member Dormaim Green said on social media. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be among great people who are now great friends.”

A group of Dorchester County women took the girltrek pledge on June 10 to live the best and healthiest lives they could. They took their inspiration from the national movement GirlTrek, the largest public health non-profit organization for African-American women and girls in the United States.

“With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities,” a statement from the group said. “As women organize walking teams, they mobilize community members to support monthly advocacy efforts and lead a civil rights-inspired health movement.”

Beyond walking, GirlTrek’s active members advocate an increase in physical activity through walking, improving access to safe places to walk, protecting and reclaiming green spaces, and improving the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States.

“GirlTrek’s mission is to inspire one million African-American women and girls to develop a daily habit of walking,” the statement said.
The public is invited to join scheduled walks in Cambridge.

MORNING: (Monday-Friday) morning walks start at 6 a.m. at the Visitors Center. The organizer will be there at 5:50 a.m. for new walkers to register. Stretching begins at 5:50 a.m., walk begins promptly at 6 a.m.

EVENING: (Monday-Thursday) evening walks start at 6:30 p.m. at Mace’s Lane Middle School. The organizer will be there at 6:20 p.m. for new walkers to register. Stretching begins at 6:20 p.m. and walks begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

EVERY SATURDAY: Superhero Saturday Walk. Locations subject to change. Stretching at 6:45 a.m. 7 a.m. walk.

There is no fee associated with this movement.

To learn more about the movement, visit http://www.girltrek.org, or the Groove City Trekkers’ Facebook page.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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