Diabetes beach walks a hit

The Cayman Islands Diabetes Support Group is seeking new walkers for its twice weekly beach walking club.


Summer La Rue and baby Aiden. Photo: Submitted.

The group launched the walks in January hoping the group outings would be motivating for diabetics while giving them a chance to casually discuss some of the common issues they face.

Summer La Rue, who has been doing the walks the last few months, said the outings give diabetics and others a chance to get active, manage their disease and make friends while taking in the spectacular morning views of Seven Mile Beach.

‘One of the most important benefits is for my health,’ she said. ‘It is important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

‘I make it to the gym and boot camp as often as possible, but it’s nice to have a change of scenery – and what nice scenery it is,’ she said. ‘It is nice to do something that I can include Aiden, my 8-month-old son in. I hope it helps instil in him the importance of health and community.’

She also likes the chance to catch up with friends and meet new ones of the walks

‘For those people, who do not do any sort of exercise, committing to just 30 minutes a week is a good way to start a routine that they can stick to,’ she noted. ‘Hopefully that commitment can increase to three times a week, and so on. The hardest part is just getting there. Once you are there, 30 minutes flies by.’

The walks start at 6.30am Wednesday mornings and at 8am Saturday mornings from Pageant Beach. For more information, email [email protected] or call 926-1053.