May 28, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Social walking event scheduled for June 1 in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. – The next Shawnee County MAKIN’ MOVES social walking event is Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Central Park Community Center in Topeka. The event is free and open to anyone interested in walking more as part of their weekly exercise routine.

MAKIN’ MOVESis 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 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, and it can improve movement and lessen pain,” said Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary and State Health Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

MAKIN’ MOVEScan 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’ MOVESis guided by the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program and is based on research and tested programs in exercise science and behavior change.

The social walking event on June 1 is offered by KDHE and the Wellness Information Network. Central Park Community Center is located at 1534 SW Clay in Topeka. Participants will be eligible to receive pedometers and drawstring backpacks for participating.

“A walking program increases balance and strength for the participant and provides more confidence to be physically active,” Chris Omni, CEO of Wellness Information Network.

For more information on MAKIN’ MOVESor to register for the free individual program, visit You may also text MAKIN MOVES to 25328 to receive information on the program through a cell phone text message.

Eleven MAKIN’ MOVES events have been hosted in Shawnee County since Jan. 19, with a total of 800 participants. More than 2,100 people statewide have participated in the Walk with Ease program since it began in June 2011.

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