The Iverson Mall Walkers | KCET
This group of spunky seniors in Maryland have been strolling their way to better health and social interaction since 1989 at the Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
For the past 25 years, three times a week, hundreds of senior citizens gather at their local Maryland mall to walk and to exercise. As CNN reports, age is just a number for the Iverson Mall Walkers, a community service program that provides seniors a convenient and safe place to walk and socialize.
"Since we started walking for exercise, we're getting younger with each lap around the mall we take. We track how many miles we walk. We have an incentive program and look after each other. If you're out sick, rest assured we will be calling you, sending cards or coming to your door to help out until you are feeling better. The Iverson Mall Walkers is a family."
Members of the group, which walk for one hour three days a week, have enjoyed weight loss, reduced blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, as well as improvements in bone density and memory functions. They aren't hindered by the weather and set milestones for members to attain--which keeps everyone moving.
"Our biggest fans are our doctors. Each of us has issues, whether it's with diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. We like to brag to one another about how thrilled our doctors are after every appointment."
Season 2, Episode 1
Episode 1 of Season 2 travels from the Penn and Teller Theatre in Las Vegas to the unknown buildings of New York to an unusual classroom in Los Angeles and across the Atlantic to a beach in the Netherlands where magical creatures walk powered by the wind.
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Season 2, Episode 2
This episode features a visit to Ocean View Gardens in West L.A.; city hill walks in San Francisco; Walk & Talk Therapy in Central Park; transportation and urban development in Las Vegas; a talk with animator Bill Plympton; and the MoonWalk in New York City.
Season 2, Episode 3
This episode explores the streets of Los Angeles by foot, bicycle, and Space Shuttle with a special segment on actor Luke Wilson's journey following space shuttle Endeavor's 3-day crawl from LAX to its final stop at The California Science Center.
Season 2 Episode 4 of City Walk races to the top of the highest building west of the Mississippi, takes to the bike path with drummer and composer Stewart Copeland, scours the scrappy streets of downtown Las Vegas, treks back to when Pedestrianism was the #1 sport in America, and uncovers the hidden connection between exercise and medicine.
"City Walk" hikes the Pacific Crest Trail with Reese Witherspoon, takes a walk with a doc in San Diego, travels by foot across Copenhagen, joins a heartwarming game of soccer before hitting the rails to trails in Washington, D.C. and the streets of West Hollywood like you’ve never seen before.