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NMSU's Eddy County Extension encourages women to Walk Carlsbad

Ladies! Get your gal pals together and start moving! New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Eddy County is bringing the fun back into fitness through free morning and afternoon walking groups along the Pecos River in Carlsbad.


Two walking groups have been formed. Starting April 1, women, their friends and children can walk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. A second group will walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., starting April 2.

"Obesity is an issue here in the United States and New Mexico has one of the highest rates," said Veronica Boyle, Eddy County home economist. "Diabetes is also very prevalent here in Eddy County and so when trying to find a way to have a positive impact on both, I decided exercise would allow me to reach both groups as one. Each participant may have different motivations to attend but they are all welcome and together we can achieve our goals."

The daily walks will be along the river as it is a relaxing area and walkers can enjoy the view. There are also benches and shade along the path. Boyle said they may eventually move somewhere else if the group would like different scenery.

Boyle encouraged women to take advantage of the new walking groups as a way to help them achieve their health goals.

"Walking can keep your muscles strong, help maintain or improve your weight, and make you feel better," she said. "It's an opportunity to meet new people and, when you're involved in a group like this, you are less likely to just stop exercising because you know your gal pals will be there.

Boyle said she plans to start a men's walking group in the future.

Participants of Walk Carlsbad should wear good walking shoes and bring along a bottle of water. Each group will walk for 30 to 45 minutes. All walks start at the Beach Parking Lot of the Pecos River, located at the end of Church Street.

For more information on Walk Carlsbad, contact Boyle at 575-887-3795 or ronica@nmsu.edu.