The Iverson Mall Walkers

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."

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The premiere episode of City Walk shines a spotlight on the most exotic and exciting walks in America, and travels to cities across the country that are currently transforming themselves into more walkable communities. With stops in Pasadena, Washington D.C., and New York City, the episode offers a personalized look at the changing landscape for pedestrians. We also discover how walking rehabilitation helped teenager Daniela recover from a sudden stroke, and how technology that once promised an easy future may now be harmful to your health.

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