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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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Cars Mean Nothing to Me

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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What Is the City But Its People?

The walking revolution spreads across the country, from New York City parks to the rugged canyon trails of Orange County. Along the way, meet Maryland's Iverson Mall Walkers..

We witness first hand the pedestrian experience over a century ago on the doublewide sidewalks of old New York, then traverse the present day parks of Manhattan including a visit to a vibrant public space where we’re surprised to find out that not every park is green.

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Season 2, Episode 2: Ideas In The Streets

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.

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You'll Never Find a Rainbow If You're Lookin' Down

This episode of "City Walk" begins with a Big Parade in Los Angeles and then boldly strides from Austin to Atlanta, as communities everywhere embrace the walking revolution. 

There are over 300 staircases in the city of Los Angeles and during the Big Parade, a resilient group of City Walkers led by Los Angeles journalist Dan Koeppel is determined to climb them all.

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Inglewood Hollywood Dreamers

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.

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It Is a Great Art to Saunter

In this episode of "City Walk," saunter along the hidden shorelines of Manhattan before stopping in Denver, Portland, and Washington DC to join communities across America rediscovering their sidewalks and trails.

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Season 2, Episode 4: Chuckle Buddies

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.

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It's Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible

Episode 6 of "City Walk" treks from Berkeley to Atlanta on a walking school bus before treading the urban and mountain trails of Orange County, California with an unforgettable stop at "The Happiest Place on Earth." And Nic Offer of cult band "!!!" offers his unique perspective on public transportation at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles State Historic Park.

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