Robert Valentine, 91, will have walked the equivalent of two times around the earth!

Robert Valentine, 91, will have walked the equivalent of two times around the earth!

Did you happen to read the newspaper article in the February 8 East Bay Times that told about the 91-year-old Moraga resident who plans to walk his 50,000th mile this month? 

Robert Valentine ,91, is photographed as he walks along the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Lafayette, Calif. Valentine, who walks about three miles a day is nearing a milestone of 50,000 miles walked. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Robert Valentine began daily walks 40 years ago this month, at his doctor’s advice.  He has kept a careful log of his walks, with the goal of completing 50,000 miles this month – the equivalent of two trips around the earth!

Mr. Pedometer hopes to be there, applauding, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, when Mr. Valentine completes that final mile toward his goal.  I am seeking directions to the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail where this milestone celebration will take place.  Care to join me?  (I will be coming back from a conference in Oakland, but would be happy to meet you there, once I get directions.)

“The only reason I’m still here on this planet is because of this damn walking,” Valentine told a reporter.  “My only parting words are, as you get older, be sure you keep moving.  Don’t ever sit down because, when you do, it’s a lights-out deal.”

Click here to read Roberts full story by www.mercurynews.com

Never Too Old To Move

Never Too Old To Move More

By: Bob Hughes, RPh retired, director of Wellness Ministry OLOL Church, Bettendorf, Iowa

I have been given a not previously used Accusplit Pedometer by a so far anonymous friend. Does it have any features other than counting steps?

At 96 years of age, I feel very blessed to have an interest in keeping track of my movement.  I was disappointed when my grandson snapped a $160.00 Garman counter on my wrist and discovered it did not count steps when I was pushing a stroller.

I have been directing a “Wellness Ministry”, that I founded in 1985, for these 32 years, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bettendorf, Iowa.  I have also assisted the director of the Wellness Committee for the last 12 years in a “Walking for Jesus,” walking program. We count and report steps as well as the number of servings per day of fruits and vegetables.  I live in an independent living facility that also has its own ongoing “Tour of the United States., One Step At a Time”,  so I will make good use of the Accusplit.

World Walk To Wellness

Ten years ago this last January 2017, World Walk to Wellness began in what is now known as the Ken Mercer Sports & Recreation Community Park.  At that time, the idea was to see if we could get people all over the world out walking on the final day of the year, in their own time zones.  However, we concluded that “wellness” implied being active on more than one day per year, and so, six years ago, we began inviting people to “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together every Saturday morning of the year, focusing on Pleasanton and surrounding communities.

Over the last 78 months, that’s right, 78 months, Mr. Pedometer and volunteer “Walk Stars” have lead walks every Saturday at the different parks in the TriValley area and even into San Francisco and Angel Island.  We have not missed one Saturday! Our motto is, “We walk rain or shine unless the rain is blowing sideways.”  Not something that happens often in northern California.

If you would like to sign up for our weekly FREE,  e-newsletter, click here.  the newsletter comes out every Wednesday afternoon and had information on the upcoming walk destinations.  It also has other interesting information you might enjoy.  Try it out.  It’s FREE.

If you are interested in starting your own “Walk ‘n’ Talk group, feel free to email us at walks@WorldWalkToWellness.org for an information packet we have put together for you.