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Downtown Buffalo shines during National Walk at Lunch Day

Nice day for a walk.

About 50 people joined Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, and me this afternoon for a walk from the Rath County Building to Canalside.

About half the group decided to walk through the HarborCenter about halfway through the gathering.

The 1.5-mile trek took place amid a slight chill under almost cloudless skies.

It also gave walkers a chance to take stock of the changing downtown landscape, especially at the old Memorial Auditorium site, where the space that served as an ice rink during the winter will soon became a water-filled attraction.

"Shark Girl" sits perched on a bench atop one of the walking bridges at the site.

The walk was a great way to launch the spring and summer walking season.

WNY Refresh will do its part to support the Wellness Institute's goal during organized events to encourage those in the region to take 15 million steps this year toward better health.

In the coming weeks, look for cover stories about hiking, biking and other outdoor fitness activities, as well as weekly calendar reminders about related events.

Meanwhile, those who walked today can take comfort that they burned 150 calories at lunch today. That's not enough to drop lots of weight - until it becomes a regular habit coupled with good nutrition and proper sleep.

But it's a start.

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The statue of Buffalo Sabre great Tim Horton, outside Canalside, served as the halfway point of the walk. (Scott Scanlon)

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