The City’s Health & Human Services Department invites women of all ages and fitness levels to participate in the 2016 Women Out Walking (WOW) program, a 12-week campaign promoting health, wellness, community and physical activity.

Registration is open online at cityofevanston.org/wow. In-person registration will also be accepted at the kick-off orientation session, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. Free parking is available.

During the orientation, walkers will be provided with tools to assist them throughout the program. The event will also include free exercise and dance classes, workshops, guest speakers, local celebrities, gift bags, and more.

WOW runs from March 19 to June 11. Registration will be open throughout the 12-week program. All ages and fitness levels are welcome; Evanston residency is not required. The cost is $5 per person.

In addition to receiving the health benefits of walking, WOW participants will also be introduced to a variety of activities that promote health awareness and healthy lifestyles. Teams will walk at their own pace, at self-determined schedules and venues. Additionally, walkers will be encouraged to attend a monthly walk hosted by the Health & Human Services Department.

A list of events is available at cityofevanston.org/wow.

Studies show that regular physical activity at moderate intensity levels improves health and well-being, reduces stress, and decreases the risk for certain diseases. Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to be beneficial.

Anyone wishing more information or having questions such as how to sponsor a participant or about registration or payment should contact Lucretia Bond, 847-448-8144, or lbond@cityofevanston.org.