By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
POTTSTOWN >> Join The Mercury Mile on noon today and walk down by the river as part of a series in partnership with The Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
The afternoon stroll is the first of three community walk and talk events that will be featured along the Schuylkill River. Come out and listen to a short five-minute presentation on different healthy topics such as fitness and food. After the short talk, there will be about a mile walk along the trail. Everyone’s invited including children and even pets.
The walk and talk series will begin from Riverfront Park at noon on the last Wednesday of the month until October. The park is located near the Schuylkill River Heritage Area building and the address is 140 College Drive. Participants are to meet near the park’s pavilion area. This week, Pottstown YMCA Wellness Director Jennifer Gaj will give a short talk about a fitness subject then everyone will get some active steps in by doing a short outdoor walk.
The next walk in the series will be on Sept. 28 when registered dietitian Jessica Garnett will discuss nutrition. On Oct. 26, learn about growing herbs indoors from Mosaic Pottstown garden manager Laura Washington for the last walk in the “Down by the River” series.
The social walk is meant to allow area residents to come together and learn about local events and opportunities. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is a national and state heritage area in southeastern Pennsylvania. The heritage area’s boundaries cover the Schuylkill watershed in the counties of Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. For more information, visit the website at www.schuylkillriver.org or the Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/SchuylkillRiverHeritageArea.
The Mercury Mile is weekly and promotes walking and other fitness activities as a free exercise. Sometimes, different businesses or organizations host the weekly activity. The walk has travelled from one organization to the next encouraging people to walk at lunch and come together as a community. Walkers are asked to bring business cards or contact information to exchange with one another.
Organizations interested in hosting the walk should email Michilea Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-850-0282 to schedule a time.
To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website pottsmercfit4life.com and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to The Mercury Mile email list by contacting Patterson. If there is inclement weather Wednesday afternoon then the walk will be cancelled. Look for updates about the walk on the Fit for Life Facebook.