Walking and wellness expert to present healthy living workshop June 19

Once nicknamed “butterball,” Robert Sweetgall today has other names. The real Forrest Gump. The Pied Piper of walking. The only person to have walked all 50 states – 11,208 miles – in 365 consecutive days, Sweetgall will present the healthy living workshop “Motivation to Move,” Tuesday, June 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Penn State Harrisburg. The event is free and open to the public.

Motivated by a family history of heart disease, Sweetgall left a job in chemical engineering some 30 years ago, to take his health message on the road – literally. He has trekked across America seven times, has written 17 books on walking, wellness and active living, and has made thousands of presentations and media appearances. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the L.A. Times and on the Today Show and National Public Radio, among others.

Sweetgall’s two-part “Motivation to Move” is a hands-on workshop that will feature indoor and outdoor activities. Sweetgall will present a primer on Nordic walking, with techniques for toning muscles and burning more calories than plain walking while easing stress on feet, hips and knees, he said. He also will present ways to reduce weight, stress, and rate of aging and the 14 healthy habits for successful aging. The workshop will be held rain or shine.

A McCall, Idaho resident, Sweetgall will be a keynote speaker for the Keystone Health Promotion Conference, June 19-21 at Penn State Harrisburg.

For information on the “Motivation to Move” workshop, contact Karen Karnes at ksk1@psu.edu or 717-948-6505.

For information on the conference, the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance website.

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Last Updated June 05, 2012