September 10, 2018

1,000 people participate in Start Steppin' walk, health fair

HONOLULU — More than 1,000 attendees gathered at Bishop Square in downtown Honolulu to participate in Kaiser Permanente’s 14th annual Start Steppin’ lunchtime walk and health fair. Walkers took a step toward better health by completing the half-mile route along Bishop and South King streets. Kaiser Permanente handed out free items to walkers at checkpoints along the course as a reward for embracing active living.

The Kaiser Permanente Start Steppin’ event encourages everyone to make walking a part of their daily routine. Studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes a day can have significant long-term health benefits, including a lower risk of premature death. Safe and appropriate for nearly any age or level of fitness, an ongoing walking program can improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, prevent weight gain and reduce risks of developing diabetes or breast cancer.

Gale Prentiss, MD, and David Tumilowicz, VP of Public Relations, Communications, and Brand Management led the way for two laps around Tamarind Park.
Gale Prentiss, MD and David Tumilowicz led the way for two laps around Tamarind Park.

In addition to the organized walk, Kaiser Permanente hosted a health fair in Bishop Square offering wellness tips and educational resources. Attendees tested their sunglasses for UV protection, practiced stress relief, learned about nutrition, and spun the Kaiser Permanente prize wheel for a chance to win healthy prizes.

“We’re proud that Start Steppin’ has become a fixture in our downtown Honolulu business community for the past 14 years, drawing hundreds of attendees from nearby offices to take 30 minutes out of their day for a walk outside,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Every step toward better health, from eating a healthier lunch to taking the stairs instead of the elevator, can make a difference in improving overall health and well-being.”

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.