If you drove down Maitland Center Parkway on Friday, April 4th, you were in the minority. Most of the Maitland Office Center Complex (MOCC) workforce (or so it appeared), was out walking as part of the launch of Healthy Central Florida’s (HCF) new walking initiative, Maitland Walks. More than 300 people who live and work in Maitland came out on a sunny afternoon to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and mile-long walk.
Attendees also enjoyed free, healthy boxed lunches, fun music, and giveaways including t-shirts, pedometers, passes to RDV Sportsplex, and free smoothies from HCF’s Blender Bike – a bike outfitted with a blender that runs on pedal power. Attendees were given the opportunity for their company or organization to win Fitbit Flexes. Three companies won by having 100% participation. They are: Align Mark, Inc. Dyne-A-Mark, and John Roberts & Associates, P.A. Congratulations to them!
Most importantly, participants took part in a 20-minute walk along a portion of the newly marked path in MOCC. This path is one of a series of marked paths in the Maitland area aimed at getting residents and city employees to walk more often and longer. Maitland Walks was funded by one of HCF’s Health Innovation Grants. HCF awarded 10 of these grants—totaling $25,000–to 10 local projects aimed at promoting healthy activity in our communities. This new walking initiative was also supported by Florida Hospital, the Winter Park Health Foundation, the City of Maitland and the Maitland Public Library.
Click here to see a map of the new routes in Maitland Center Office Complex, at Lake Lily, and at Lake Minnehaha Park. Let us know of any places in the Maitland area in which you’d like to see a marked walking path!