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Mall Walkers invited to drop in for coffee and cake

Published: Friday 18 October 2019

Christine Calder, Seniors Together Manager and Helen Biggins, Chairperson, sit together in the library with a large prop of the mall walking map and copies of the leaflet for participants.

Calling all East Kilbride Mall Walkers!

The council’s Seniors Together team wants to offer you a refreshment as you start or end your route at EK Central Library.

Launched in November last year, the mall walking initiative aims to making fitness more accessible and sociable for over 50s. Originating in the USA, the project is being led locally by Seniors Together, South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture (SLLC) and EK, East Kilbride shopping and leisure centre.

Now, almost one year down the line, the project wants to give mall walkers a chance to enjoy a free coffee and muffin at the library on Wednesday 23 October from 10am-noon.

Explained Chair of Seniors Together, Helen Biggins: “We know there are lots of maps and leaflets being uplifted from the library so we know the project is striking a chord with older shoppers.

“But, part of what we do is also providing the opportunity to take time out, chat with others, or just relax in between shops, so we are delighted to offer some respite and refreshment for our mall walkers. If we can also gather some feedback and comment from our mall walking community about their experiences so far, that would be a bonus."

Mall Walking is free, and open to anyone who visits the centre, although Seniors Together is working to promote the opportunity to those who are, or are close to being, retired. Participants are given maps offering three different walking routes through the centre and enabling them to log the distance they clock up. Once a month SLLC reps are also on hand in the library to provide a health check.

Concluded Helen: “Studies in North America have shown that shopping centres are the second most popular walking option for older people. It’s an easy and safe way to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle, often without even realising. We hope that the option to route, measure and see results from this, will have made the project attractive to a wide range of people.”