Upper Marlboro women stay in step with summer walking group -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected on Aug. 19, 2013. An explanation of the correction is at the bottom of the story.

Jeana Harbison, 31, of Camp Springs is planning her August 2014 wedding and got some marriage tips on the run from complete strangers Saturday.

Harbison was one of 15 Upper Marlboro area women walking along the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail in Glenn Dale for the final summer edition of “Sisters Supporting Sisters,” a spin-off of the Women’s Group of Upper Marlboro.

“It’s nice to be out and walk. It’s really about the friendships you build with these ladies,” Harbison said.

Beyond marriage advice, conversations ranged from healthy foods, hair and having children in exactly the type of relaxed setting group founder LaSeandia Harley, 34, of Upper Marlboro said she envisioned when she came up with the monthly summer walks in May.

“I like low impact exercises,” Harley said. “Here I can do some meditation. I can just breathe and walk and talk with ladies.”

Fitness instructor Tiffany Scott of Upper Marlboro led the free exercise.

Harley founded the Women’s Group of Upper Marlboro in 2010 to get to know more people who live in the area. Harley said the group has become much more popular this year since she began posting events on social media such as Facebook.

Some women, like Lynn Horton, 47, of Upper Marlboro, said going on the walks inspired them to meet their fitness goals.

Horton said she has diabetes and walking with her “sisters” gave her the support she needed to make good, healthy decisions.

“I know that I can walk diabetes away,” Horton said.

Harley said that the group holds monthly events geared towards personal health and development.

“If I have lots of things going on in my life, I can commit to once a month. If you push people too much they get discouraged,” Harley said.

At the end of Saturday’s walk, each woman received a goodie bag with lemonade packets, a nutrition bar, a recipe and an inspirational card, which Harley said was to motivate the women to continue to make healthy choices.

After the event, Dani Watson of Largo said the walk made her feel energized.

“I met a lot of people and learned different ways to lose weight and be happy,” Watson said.

Harley said she plans to have a new walking event in the fall, which would likely take place monthly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Correction: This story originally had the incorrect age of Jeana Harbison.