Mayor Michael Fournier and the Royal Oak City Commission are encouraging individuals and families to lead healthier lifestyles with a 50 Miles in 50 Days Walking Challenge that begins on April 15, 2017 in Royal Oak.
"One of the things Royal Oak has in common with the most vibrant cities in the world is that it's very walkable," said Mayor Fournier. "This spring, I am asking you to 'step it up' and experience all of the exciting things Royal Oak has to offer on foot."
Self-guided walking adventure maps, community walks and a token gift for participants are all in the works.
The goals of the challenge are:
Encourage urban activities that explore art, history and nature and highlight Royal Oak as a walkable community
Foster a sense of community around health and wellness activities
Instill the idea that participation in healthful activities is fun and easily incorporated into a daily routine
the mayor and members of the city commission and explore Royal Oak's amazing
network of parks on June
1 from 6-8 p.m.
meet at VFW Park (Lincoln and Campbell) at 6 p.m. and walk to Dondero Park
(Owana and Dondero) and back. Enjoy the refurbished athletic facilities
(basketball, tennis & baseball), do crafts and more!
Everyone that joins us at Dondero
Park will receive free bike reflectors and Royal Oak ID tags.
For those who have walked 50 miles since April 15, stop by the
Dondero Park event and pick up your reward -- a complimentary water bottle!
walks are your opportunity to get outdoors and walk and talk with your elected
Oakland County Parks & Trails
Don't limit your walking activity to Royal Oak. Oakland County's parks and trails offer heart-healthy activities that encourage family communication and offer opportunities for outdoor learning.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Romi, a perky rescue dog, is Royal Oak's new adorable mascot. He was chosen because he loves to go for walks and, well, he sort of looks like the map of Royal Oak. Romi will be joining the mayor and city commission on the community walks so please stop by and meet him!