Hat’s off to the New Brunswick village of New Maryland for including Nordic Walking in its Wellness Series, according to The Daily Gleaner, which reported that “The village started the four-part series in late October to encourage participants to try physical activities to stay healthy. This final session, called Try Something New, will introduce Nordic walking techniques to citizens, said recreation co-ordinator Natalie Reid.”
The paper’s report continued, “If you can’t participate in the Tuesday evening session, the City of Fredericton will offer the Nordic walking session Nov. 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Willie O’Ree Place on Cliffe Street. Oromocto will host a Nordic walking session Nov. 10 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Hazen Park Centre in the town.”
New Maryland, a parish in York County, New Brunswick, with roughly 4,300 residents manages to put on a wellness program at the local elementary school,to introduce Nordic Walking and to offer two back-up sessions. New Maryland does this in some sort of partnership with a couple of nearby hamlets and the city of Fredericton to the north. And did I mention that the series is free? Or that New Maryland boasts several miles of marked walking/recreation trails accessible directly from the village center?
No mention of which technique is being introduced or which poles are being used in the Nordic Walking portion of this program. Just as it should be.