HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente staff, providers and volunteers welcomed over 700 attendees at its 13th annual Start Steppin’ lunchtime walk and mini-health fair in Tamarind Park today. Walkers joined from nearby downtown offices to learn more about active lifestyles and walked the half-mile route around Bishop Square to receive free rewards at checkpoints along the course. At the mini-health fair in Tamarind Park, attendees entered to win fruits and vegetables for one year from Aloun Farms, tested their sunglasses for UV protection, and spun the Kaiser Permanente prize wheel for a chance to win healthy prizes.
“We enjoyed seeing so many people taking a walking break today as they exercised and connected with colleagues outside of the office, said Benjamin Chun, MD, sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Creating small, healthy habits can make a big impact on our overall health and we are hoping that our walk and health fair encourages more people to live healthier lifestyles throughout the year.”
Walking is a low impact activity that is safe and appropriate for nearly any age or level of fitness. Long, outdoor walks can improve psychological health by reducing anxiety and improving one’s emotional state. Walking can also boost immune function, improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, ease joint pain, prevent weight gain and reduce risks of developing diabetes or breast cancer. Walking is a good exercise for those who work in offices and sit for extended periods of time. Sitting for extended periods of time can cause a strained neck, overproductive pancreas, heart disease, colon cancer, muscle degeneration, and a number of leg and back disorders.
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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 Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal 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 Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.