January 15, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Makin' Moves in 2013

Walking Program Scheduled for Saturdays in Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in partnership with the Wellness Information Network, is offering a free walking program for Kansans interested in walking more in 2013.  Makin’ Moves is a six-week, structured walking program that teaches participants how much they should walk, how to increase walking pace and endurance and how physical activity can be a part of daily life.

“Walking is great exercise and you don’t need any equipment,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Physical activity is important and can reduce the symptoms of many chronic conditions. For people with arthritis, physical activity with proper warm up and cool down actually nourishes the cartilage between joints.”

Makin’ Moves representatives will host social walking events in Topeka on Saturdays from Jan. 19 through Feb. 23. These will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at Fairlawn Plaza Mall, 2114 SW Chelsea Drive. Participants will be eligible to receive pedometers, bags and shirts for registering. Makin’ Moves can be modified to meet individual needs, so each person can develop an exercise routine that fits his or her unique goals. Information and strategies taught in Makin’ Moves is guided by the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program and is based on research and tested programs in exercise science and behavior change.

“Walking can help manage weight, which can reduce your risk for arthritis in the knees, heart disease and diabetes,” said Chris Omni, CEO of Wellness Information Network. “Walking also helps reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increases balance and strength, improves overall health and increases participants’ confidence to be physically active.”

For more information on Makin’ Moves or to register for the free individual program, visit You may also text Makin Moves to 25328 to receive information on the program sent to your cell phone through a text message.

KDHE’s Arthritis Program works to improve the quality of life of Kansans with arthritis through the promotion of proper self-management to prevent or delay the potential joint destruction associated with the disease. For additional information on the Kansas Arthritis Program visit