It’s a beautiful time of year to be outside, enjoying the cool breezes and bright colors that fall has to offer. So, why not get outside walk to support a good cause? Here are a few events coming up that offer a chance to get some exercise and fresh air and support a worthy cause.

Wheeling and Able
On Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. the third annual Wheeling and Able Wheel/Walk for Fitness is coming back to the Shelton Riverwalk, 100 Canal St.
The mission of the event is to promote routine physical activity for people of all ages and abilities.
This event is being held by two non-profit organizations; The Shelton non-profit Moving with HOPE (Health Oriented Physical Education) which supports, promotes and provides physical activity, after-therapy, recreation and nutrition education programs to individuals with disabilities and their families and the CT Chapter of NSCIA National Spinal Cord Injury Association which provides a Connecticut Resource Directory, Peer Assistance meetings, support groups, supports Think First Seminars at CT schools, and Statewide Powerful Tools for Caregiver Classes.
The walk starts from the corner of Center Street and Howe Avenue. Registration will be held at the Farmers Market at 100 Canal Street starting at 9:30 a.m..
Once the participants get to the Riverwalk they will do loops around the half mile course. For each loop completed by the participant they will receive a raffle ticket for use at 1:45 p.m. when a raffle will be held in the new Derby/Shelton Rotary Pavilion.
There will be information booths in the Derby-Shelton Rotary Pavilion from CT Team Reeve, CT Chapter of NSCIA, Moving With HOPE, Dr. Brian Nathanson about the natural pain management using Graston Techniques, Registration for The Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes currently being offered throughout CT., Free massage therapy and much more.
There is a $25 registration fee with all proceeds donated to the co-sponsors to support their respective missions. For more information, please call 203-924-7866.

Heart Walk at Sherwood Island
The Fairfield American Heart Association (AHA) has announced the 2012 Heart Walk event is set for Oct. 13 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

Last year’s Heart Walk event at Sherwood Island State Park. The Fairfield American Heart Association is holding the walk this year on Oct. 13.

Teams and individual walkers are encouraged to sign up online at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org.
The Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment and is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. The non-competitive walk raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research, as well as educational and advocacy programs in the Westchester area.
Last year’s event attracted nearly 1,000 participants. This year’s goal is to raise $265,000 to support the mission of the American Heart Association of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Company teams, community groups, families — even pets — are encouraged to walk for heart health.
“Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the leading causes of death among men and women. Events like the Heart Walk help promote our message of healthy lifestyles through exercise, and help raise important funding for programs and research,” said Gregory Plage, AHA Executive Director.
“Walking is something that most everyone can do and this event reminds us that walking can be a fun and healthy part of everyone’s daily routine,” he said.
Funds raised by Heart Walk participants and sponsors support heart and stroke research and public and professional education programs. American Heart Association-funded research has yielded important discoveries such as the heart-lung machine, CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.
The Fairfield Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and presented locally by Cause Sponsor, Stamford Hospital. Additional sponsors include Norwalk Hospital, First Niagara Bank, and media sponsors Hearst Media Services, The Hour newspaper and Fox Radio.
For more information about the Heart Walk or to start a team, please e-mail anna.guercio or call 914-640-3273. To sign up your team online, visit www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org.

Breathe Deep Westport
A 5k walk, organized by Breathe Deep Wesport, will be held Oct. 14 at Sherwood Island State Park, starting at 10 a.m. The proceeds of the event benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading private supporter of lung cancer research.
Last year, lung cancer survivors, Marta Unker and Barbara Kotler, launched the first annual Breathe Deep Westport. This year, they are joined by another lung cancer survivor, Cathy Parese. The three of them discovered after their diagnoses that there are many stigmas attached to this disease that affect research and fundraising efforts. Barbara, Cathy, and Marta are presenting this LUNGevity event in their community to educate the public about lung cancer and to raise much-needed funds for research into early detection and targeted therapeutics.
This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Joshua Sonett, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant Program, and Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Sonett was recently featured on ABC’s NYC Med and he is instrumental in making the Thoracic surgery program at Columbia University one of the best in the US. Dr. Sonett will discuss exciting trends in the care and cure of lung cancer.
Registration is at 10:00 a.m. All walkers will receive refreshments, a t-shirt and gift bag. The event includes a raffle for a diamond necklace and other great prizes and kids activities To register, visit www.lungevity.org/westport

Diabetes Walk in Ridgefield
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Fairfield County Chapter is organizing a Walk to Cure Diabetes, Oct. 21 in Ridgefield. The walk starts at the Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road. This event, along with their annual Norwalk walk, will raise money to help fund research toward preventing, better treating and curing type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications.
“I am excited about the addition of a new walk location and a new tradition for JDRF,” Executive Director Rebecca Santoli said. “We have always had overwhelming support at our walk in Norwalk, and we know that adding this new location will allow us to reach an even greater number of supporters and develop a presence in the northern Connecticut region.”
Last year, the annual Norwalk Walk raised over $400,000. JDRF projects that this year, with the new Ridgefield walk, the organization will raise close to $450,000.  JDRF Walks are held in more than 200 cities worldwide. Nearly 900,000 people nationally walked last year and raised $86 million for research.
“What truly draws people to this event is the atmosphere,” Associate Executive Director Meredith McCaslin said. “The event is for everyone — families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It’s a day where children and grandparents and everyone in between can gather to support one goal: Curing, treating and preventing T1D and its complications.”
The day includes a 2 mile walk around the beautiful Ridgefield Recreation Center’s grounds, food, entertainment, a kid’s fun zone, give-away items and much more. Registration is open online by visiting walk.jdrf.org  and will be available at the event. To register for this walk or to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Meredith McCaslin at mmccaslin@jdrf.org or visit walk.jdrf.org.