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BBPH hosts first winter walk


Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is hosting its first winter walk to encourage people to stay active during the changing seasons. The walk will take place on the first day of winter, Wednesday, December 21st. Katie Johnke, Nutrition Services Coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, says there are many health benefits to walking in the winter.

"You're going to burn more calories naturally, because your body has to work harder to maintain your core temperature. You might sleep better, and while physical activity in general helps you to sleep better, that extra cold air along with those other benefits, allows your body to have a better sleep schedule. There are some brain benefits that allow for some mental clarity because of the cold temperatures, and it also helps boost your immune system."

Johnke says walking in winter can also improve mental health and boost energy levels. The group walk will be about one mile long, starting at the Sertoma Community Center parking lot.

"Anyone is welcome to join. It's really just to get together from a social perspective and then just to do something together on this walk."