Ward walks boost health activity in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Renewal Project, in partnership with the Plattsburgh City School’s Health Education Advisory Committee, is hosting a six-week health program to boost healthy activity and city beautification through a walking tour of all six city wards.

“I had the idea based on my knowledge that I needed a walking partner,” said Anita Bodrogi, project organizer for the ward walks and member of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project. “I love to exercise, walk or jog, but I do a lot better when I have a partner that I’m obligated to.”

“So, I thought maybe something like a group walk would get people to get out and exercise,” she said.

Even though the walks started July 21, the two-mile walks will occur daily Monday through Friday starting at 6 a.m. at different parks in each ward rain or shine for the next six weeks.

Both Bodrogi and her sister, Cynthya Spencer, will take part in each walk, showing the community what Plattsburgh has to offer when being looked at on foot.

“My sister and I walk around Plattsburgh, and it’s so beautiful,” Bodrogi said. “When you drive through it, you can miss it, but if you’re walking the streets, the architecture is really quite lovely, and there’s a lot unique structures, unique homes, and we would always appreciate them.”

“Because I’m part of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project, and one of our goals is trying to improve the quality of life for the people in Plattsburgh, this idea of getting out and appreciating what we have was very important to me,” she said.

Another thing that inspired Bodrogi to pitch the idea of a town-wide walk to the Plattsburgh Renewal Project was when two friends made the goal of walking every street in Plattsburgh. Bodrogi said she wasn’t sure if they did accomplish their mission but thought that it was a very clever idea.

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