GURNEE – It started as a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day and quickly became a lifestyle change for Quin O’Brien, a Go Gurnee Walking Club volunteer.
Five years ago, at 235 pounds, O’Brien decided to make his health a top priority.
“I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In an effort to get off medication, my doctor encouraged me to lose weight,” O’Brien said in a news release.
He did just that. In addition to a healthy diet and walking 10,000 steps a day, O’Brien lost 60 pounds, is off medication, and has his cholesterol as well as his blood pressure back in check.
O’Brien stayed focused and when flipping through the Gurnee Park District’s 2018 Spring Program Guide, he was introduced to Go Gurnee, a local wellness movement designed to increase people’s health and well-being through activities, education and community collaboration.
The first step of Go Gurnee is simple: pledge to take time to walk 30 minutes a day.
“With an individual goal set to walk 10,000 steps a day, joining the Go Gurnee Walking Club seemed like a great way to add variety to my walks,” O’Brien said in the release.
As a Go Gurnee Walking Club volunteer, he finds new routes and provides directions.
Many walks include the opportunity to bring canine companions, enjoy lakefront scenery or stroll through a local park.
The Go Gurnee Walking Club meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at a variety of locations throughout Lake County and surrounding areas.
The club is for those 14 years and older and is free to join.
Visit www.gurneeparkdistrict.com/programs/gogurnee for more information or to join.