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Blue Zones walking groups begin

Rain or shine, ‘Moais’ begin

Walking moai participant Summit Bohannon, center, talks about possible types of moais (mow-eyes), or groups, that could be formed. The blue umbrellas were handed out by Blue Zones Project staffers to keep the rain at bay at the inaugural walking moai on Tuesday on the Riverfront Trail. Several moais were formed to accommodate different walking speeds, locations and times. Each will be asked to commit to meeting weekly for 10 weeks.

Photo by Neita Cecil
Walking moai participant Summit Bohannon, center, talks about possible types of moais (mow-eyes), or groups, that could be formed. The blue umbrellas were handed out by Blue Zones Project staffers to keep the rain at bay at the inaugural walking moai on Tuesday on the Riverfront Trail. Several moais were formed to accommodate different walking speeds, locations and times. Each will be asked to commit to meeting weekly for 10 weeks.



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Participants warm up before the inaugural walking moai sponsored by the Blue Zones Project on Tuesday. The moais, or groups with a common purpose, are designed to get people socializing as well as exercising.

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Arlo Robertson, 18 months, of The Dalles, sports a new Blue Zones Project t-shirt that he got when he came with his mom, Diana Robertson, to the inaugural walking moai, or group, on Tuesday on the Riverfront Trail.

A smattering of blue umbrellas moved along the Riverfront Trail Tuesday as a group of hardy walkers, undeterred by a light rain, participated in the Blue Zones Project’s first walking group...

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