By Haley Pineles
Alan Russo, nutrition services manager for the Chatham County Aging Services, leads a seasonal hiking group designed for older adults. Up to 20 hikers hit the trails twice a month, weather permitting, in the spring, summer and fall.
Anyone living in the county who is 55 years or older can join. Walks vary in exertion from easy to moderate and have different themes – wildflower walks, survival hikes and wild edible and medicinal plants.
Hikes take place at area parks and Triangle Land Conservancy-designated nature preserves, including San-Lee Park, Raven Rock, Jordan Lake, Johnson Mill, Hemlock Bluffs, Hagan-Stone Park, Cedar Rock and Deep River Trail.
Outdoor exercise can improve balance, mood and heart health, and hiking specifically can help build stronger muscles and bones.
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