Walking Away The Pounds in Deering Alaska
Contributed by: Walk Away the Pounds & Softball Team
Our Summer Walking Group has been meeting at 8:00 PM at the bridge. (It depends on whether or not the fish are running or if we are doing other subsistence activity) Running group has been meeting the past couple days at 9-9:30 pm.</br></br>We walk up to our airport which is a 1 1/2 mile walk. The past couple days Susie and I decided to include jogging and we’ve been meeting around 9-9:30 PM and run to our bluff, which is a 2 mile jog. It seems a little longer because there are 3 hills to run up and down on and the last one is the monster hill! We decided to alternate jogging with walking to add variety, so we don’t get burnt out.<br /><br />Deering has a population of about 145-150 people. Our main and only road is a dirt road that is about 1 1/4 mile going from West to East and another dirt road that goes inland about 26 miles. Deering was a mining town in the early 1900’s & that’s how the road was built. I’ve heard that Deering is the only village in the NANA region with a road like that.<br /><br />Our participation in the summer walking program has been slow, but since we started ’Walk Away The Pounds’ in February we’ve had a total of 11 participants. Currently we have 4 regulars, 2 children and 2 adults. Although our participation has been slow, walking has made me a believer in ’ACTIVITY SHEDS THE POUNDS!’ So I encourage you all to keep walking to ’HEALTH’<br /><br />I forgot to mention that our Youth Softball team is still a working progress, trying to get 12 youth between the ages of 10-15 yrs to sign up.<br /><br />I will include photos with my next story.