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Hundreds of participants join new walking club in downtown Sacramento
Hundreds of participants join new walking club in downtown Sacramento

**Kickoff event at Capitol Mall Farmers Market June 20 features Kaiser Permanente physician leading local office workers and residents in mile-long walk**

Downtown employees can now get their exercise, health information and produce all in one stop, thanks to a new walking club sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

Nearly 1,000 people have signed up for the club, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Thursday when Dr. James Voigtlander, an orthopaedic surgeon, leads participants on the mile-long walk that starts at the Capitol Mall Farmers Market.

The program, known as Walk to Thrive, is hosted by Kaiser Permanente, which seeks to provide local office workers and farmers market shoppers with a simple but meaningful way to exercise during the work day. Thursday’s kick-off also includes health screenings and food demonstrations at the Kaiser Permanente farmer’s market booth, at 6th Street and Capitol.

Walk to Thrive meets at 11:45 a.m. each Thursday from June 20 to Sept. 26.

Those who sign up for the free walking club receive a T-shirt, pedometer, and a chance to win great prizes at monthly Thrive events at the farmers market. The club is open to members and nonmembers of Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente, the Sacramento region’s leading health-care provider and not-for-profit health plan, is known in part for health education and disease prevention, and encourages its members and the general public to start or maintain a daily walking regimen.

Walking at a moderate pace for just 30 minutes a day provides numerous health benefits. It can contribute to weight loss, lower blood pressure, and reduced levels of bad cholesterol.

Participants can register for the walking club at the Kaiser Permanente booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, or online: www.kpwalktothrive.org.