Free Philly program brings community members together for a stroll in the park

Justin Udo
May 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Exploring the City of Brotherly Love and getting healthy can be as easy as a walk in the park.

For the last three years, Liz Burke has made it her mission to get out and get active. She says she does that at least three times a week, at FDR Park in South Philly, with we walk PHL.

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“Well I retired and I really wanted to do something physical,” she explains. “One day my sister and I were out walking and we saw the sign, and I came over and there were other people here so I just started.”

Burke says during the 45 minute walks with the group she's able to make new friends, explore new areas and enjoy some health benefits as well.

“I'm diabetic and my numbers really stay low because of this walking,” she said. “I eat less. I just think it's better on the body.”

Burke says the walks not only benefit the body, but the mind as well.

“There are things in this park I never knew about,” she said. “I've learned different trees, different weeds.”

We Walk PHL is a partnership between, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, Get Healthy Philly and the Fairmount Park conservancy. The program takes place at ten different urban and rural parks around the city and is open to people of all ages and physical abilities.