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Well Walkers beat the heat in Greenville

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Walkers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (July 25, 2017/FOX Carolina) Walkers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (July 25, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Walkers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (July 25, 2017/FOX Carolina) Walkers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (July 25, 2017/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With temperatures in the mid-nineties, many people are avoiding outdoor walking and running. They’re all invited into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to beat the heat.

Through an initiative of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the arena has been opening its doors to Well Walkers since January of 2015. The flat, temperature-controlled environment makes it easy for everyone to get active.

“It’s cool,” says Helen Werntz as she walks with her husband, Ron. “It's so hot outside and we live in an area with lots of hills so we like the flat surface.”

The Werntzes walk at The Well every Tuesday and Thursday for three miles each time.

“It puts you in shape,” says 91-year-old Doris Boren, walking with her daughter and two great grandchildren. “I don't really care for the mall so this is the place to come.”

Well Walkers are a wide range of people according to Rebecca Ellefson, the Community Engagement Representative for Bon Secours St. Francis.

“Some are older and retired, we see homeschool groups and there’s a Mom and Baby fitness class too so it ranges which is exciting to see,” says Ellefson.

Well Walkers also have access to an athletic trainer and a dietician through this program which is just one way Bon Secours St. Francis works to bring health and wellness into the community. Well Walking is free and offered most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The complete schedule is available on the arena website or the Well Walkers Facebook page.

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