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Mall Walkers


I had the pleasure of joining the Mall Walkers at the Southgate mall on Friday to experience this fitness program.

In the front of the room was Elaine Tietz welcoming everyone with a big smile and laughter. Tietz’s mother was the one who actually started this program in the late 80’s and it’s “walked” in the family ever since.

As I settled in the back with my camera, the walkers began talking to me and asking me how my day is going. The next thing I knew, I was speaking in front of all of them and the room was almost full.

“And usually we have every seat full,” said Tietz.

On Monday’s and Wednesday’s the walkers start with some stretches or light weight lifting, but on Friday’s they tell jokes to each other.

So, find a joke, put on your tennis shoes and experience the Mall Walkers.

They meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am in the Community Room at the Southgate Mall.

-Meghan Marie


Dragon Hollow 2017








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