August 7, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Start Steppin’ event celebrates 15 years

Nearly 1,000 walkers took a step toward better health by completing a half-mile walk around downtown Honolulu.

Gale Prentiss, MD, and David Tumilowicz, vice president of public relations, communications, and brand management, led participants on 2 laps around Tamarind Park.

HONOLULU Kaiser Permanente’s Start Steppin’ lunchtime walk and health fair drew nearly 1,000 attendees in its 15th year at Tamarind Park. Hundreds of walkers took a step toward better health by completing the half-mile route around Bishop Square downtown, cheered on by Kaiser Permanente volunteers at checkpoints along the course.

The Start Steppin’ health fair offered wellness tips, resources, prizes, and giveaways, including a chance to win a year’s supply of fruits and vegetables from Aloun Farms and an annual membership to Body Balance Cycle Studio. Attendees tested their sunglasses for UV protection, practiced stress relief and healthy posture exercises, and learned about programs and activities designed to help them live healthier. 

A man in sunglasses, holding a microphone, speaking to a crowd.
Kaiser Permanente health coach Anthony Hallam warmed up the crowd with stretches before the lunchtime walk.

“We’d like to thank the hundreds of attendees who took time on their lunch breaks to step outside for a walk with us,” said Dave Underriner, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “We’re proud to continue the Start Steppin’ tradition that has been going strong for 15 years, offering our attendees rewards, resources, and tips for incorporating healthier choices into their lives.”

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 improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, prevent weight gain, and reduce risks of developing diabetes or breast cancer, resulting in significant long-term health benefits including a lower risk of premature death. An ongoing walking program is safe and appropriate for nearly any age or level of fitness.

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 12.3 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.


Laura Lott