Take A Walk, with Doc Broc Wednesday 8/20 @10am

TakeaWalkKPKaiser Permanente and City of Decatur Invite You to “Take A Walk”

Did you know that walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week can improve your health? Kaiser Permanente wants to help you thrive with a mid-week walk through Downtown Decatur. The health care organization is partnering with the City of Decatur for this “Take A Walk” event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 20 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street in Decatur.

Take part in a warm-up led by a certified trainer at 9:45 am. Then join Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett along the scenic, one-mile route through downtown. Refreshments and giveaways will be available for walkers. You can also meet your neighborhood Kaiser Permanente doctor and pose for a “healthy” selfie with mascot, Doc Broc! Don’t miss this opportunity for a mid-week workout. Come out and “Take A Walk” with us on Wednesday!

Note: this walk will join the regularly scheduled Walk With a Doc that occurs every Wednesday at 10am in Decatur at the Recreation Center. Decatur CAPS will escort the walk, KP will be our hosts this week with several guest Docs, and 11 Alive will cover this active living event!

KP + 11 Alive + City of Decatur = Decatur Active Living!

Map of route

New “Wonder Drug” – Walking!

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From Everybody Walk:

“Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, Bob Sallis, MD, family practitioner, Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, Calif., told a packed room of leaders at the Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, held October 1–3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. “The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”

Increased levels of walking and physical activity can bring other social benefits too, said authorities from the fields of medicine, public health, education, community development, urban planning and social policy at the Walking Summit.”

New York Times agrees too and in fact suggests brisk walking is most effective. Read their take here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/why-a-brisk-walk-is-better/?_r=1&

So let’s all make an effort to walk more. And if you need a buddy to get started, we have a dozen or so walkers who walk weekly in a group at the recreation center or around downtown and the neighborhoods; drop in anytime for free. Walk With a Doc, Wed @11am.

Need to go to the library? Soccer or Basketball game? Walk There!

Run to the post office or CVS? Make it fun and Walk There!

Wear your pedometer, or just make a game of counting your steps.

Walk There Decatur- It’s closer than you think!

EveryBody Walk!

Be sure to visit the Kaiser Permanente website, EveryBody Walk!, an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. They are working to spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve your overall health and prevent disease. The site provides news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, how to find walking groups, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking. There is even an ap for both Smartphones and IPhones.

Also on the site are links to their partners, including Walk For Lunch, which will begin in Decatur on March 13th. So what are you waiting for? Start walking more today!

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