“Twilight Family Health & Wellness Walk” was the theme of a recent fitness walk at Hains Point Park, Washington, D.C., attended by over 300 Links members, families, friends and community members. The successful walk was organized by a collaboration of chapters of The Links Incorporated, from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Walkers of all ages worked out with personal trainers to hip hop music and walked 1.5 and 3 mile tracks around the Potomac River. Following the fitness walk, participants were rewarded with healthy snacks, bottled water, gifts and entertainment.

Dr. Vivian Pinn recently retired director, Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Patricia Davidson, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine specialist, Washington Hospital Center gave presentations on health and fitness. “Thirty minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart attack stroke and diabetes by 50 percent,” said Dr. Davidson, as she led the group in pre-walk stretches and exercises.”

“This multi-state collaboration of walkers from Virginia, Maryland and DC demonstrates that health and fitness can be fun for men, women, seniors and children,” said Claudia McKoin, president, Capital City Links, one of the organizing chapters. “We appreciate the personal participation of presidents and members of sponsoring Links chapters and we appreciate the assistance of the National Park Service.” The Tri-State Links collaboration included: Annapolis Links, Md.; Arlington Links, Va.; Baltimore Links, Md.; Capital City Links, D.C.; Columbia Links, Md.; Harbor City Links, Md.; Metropolitan Links, D.C.; Old Dominion Links, Va.; Patapsco Links, Md.; Potomac Links, Va.; Prince Georges County Links, Md.; Reston Links, Va.; Silver Spring Links, Md.; Southern Maryland Links, Md.; and Washington D.C. Links.

Free literature and health bags were distributed under a big tent by a number of government, non-profit agencies and universities. Participating agencies included: NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health; Office on Women’s Health, Food and Drug Administration; National Medical Association; National Dental Association; Howard University College of Medicine; NIH Diabetes Prevention Program; Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Foundation; Center for Minority Veterans, Veterans Administration; National Black Nurses Association and the Heart Truth Campaign from the National Institutes of Health.

In a joint statement, Links Lynn McKinley-Grant, Maudine R. Cooper and Martha Mitchell, co-chairs of the DC/MD/VA Links Health and Wellness Walk said, “Next year we look forward to even more participation from Links families and friends in the Tri-State area. We appreciate the hard work of Dr. Vivian Pinn, Dr. Patricia Davidson, our sister Links Chapters, family members, special guests and exhibitors. We look forward to health and fitness for everyone!”