Walking Moai Groups


Walking Moai Groups

FPC's Wellness Ministry encourages physical health and well-being. As part of that ministry, a walking program is being established. It is simple and easy to join and participate. This program works in conjunction with the city of Fort Worth’s Blue Zones Project® Walking Moai’s.

Spring Launch of Walking Moai Groups: April 26

A new season of Walking Moai Groups will kick off soon! If you are interested in joining a Walking Moai Group through FPC or would like to know more, please attend a special launch event on Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. in the Fahrenkamp Lounge.

What is a Walking Moai?

Fort Worth’s Blue Zones Project® Walking Moais are groups of 5 to 8 people who walk together one or more times a week for at least 10 weeks. Each group decides when and where it will walk and there are no requirements for distance and speed. The term “moai” (pronounced mow-eye) comes from Okinawa, Japan. It means “meeting for a common purpose.” It originated as a way for villagers to support each other in times of need. Walking Moais encourage that same social network while adding the physical benefits of walking.

How You Can Participate...

There are three ways that you can participate in this program:
• Join an existing group – there are currently four groups at FPC. One meets at various locations on the  east side of Fort Worth; one meets in the parking lot across from Hoffbrau on University; one meets at Avoca  Coffee on Magnolia; and one meets in the Gym parking lot at the church.
• Form a new group – you can form your own group:
• Gather your neighbors together for a weekly walk to catch up on what’s new.
• Meet with a group of friends for the exercise and conversation.
• Are there members of your Sunday School Class, Care Group, or church group that would enjoy the
walking and casual conversation?
• Would you enjoy joining a group that walked with their pets or with children in strollers?
• We can help you try to find a group that works for your interest and schedule.

The Blue Zones Project (BZP) team works with us as teams are formed. We have a kick-off sponsored by the BZP. They provide t-shirts and water bottles to support and encourage us as we begin our walking journey. As we walk, each group sends the BZP coordinator information on our walks as they have a minimum requirement of a 30-minute walk (no distance or speed requirements). At the end of ten weeks, BZP sponsors a Victory Party for the walking groups.

How to Get Involved

This program is a wonderful way to get some basic exercise and have some good conversation. To join an existing group, submit a group you want to form, or get help finding a group, please contact Mary Kay Roberto. All persons participating in a walking moai group must have a current Wellness Program Waiver and Release on file at the church.