Led by Kaiser Representatives, city employees stretch it out before embarking on their walk around city hall on Wednesday, February 19.
Led by Kaiser Representatives, city employees stretch it out before embarking on their walk around city hall on Wednesday, February 19.

The City of Sacramento partnered with Kaiser Permanente to encourage City employees to get “a move on”. Some 62 percent of the City’s workforce is in their 40s and 50s, an age often accompanied by increased risk for weight gain, depression, and health ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. The “Get your Move On” program encourages employees to prioritize their health by walking more in their work routines.

On Wednesday, Feb 19, more than one hundred of employees took a break from their desk and met in City Hall Plaza to kick off this program. City Manager John Shirey and Kaiser Permanente doctors and health experts led city employees on an inaugural walk around the building handed out maps to four walking paths.

City employees take a break from their usual work routine to get their move on at City Hall Plaza.
City employees take a break from their usual work routine to get their move on at City Hall Plaza.

“The benefits of walking are well-documented, from helping to maintain a healthy weight and heart, to managing blood pressure and stress. These walking paths will be a great resource for people at all fitness levels, and you don’t have to have any additional equipment besides the right shoes,” said Robert Azevedo, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento.

Walking even 10 minutes at a time can help maintain a healthy weight, manage blood pressure, and increases overall health.  See tv coverage of the kick off!