December 27, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Walking Program Makin' Moves in 2014

Community Registration Set for Saturdays at West Ridge Mall in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. – Are you interested in walking more in 2014? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Wellness Information Network have partnered to offer a free walking program. 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.

Makin’ Moves representatives will host social walking events in Topeka on Saturdays from Jan. 4 through Feb. 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the West Ridge Mall Food Court.

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 are guided by the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program and is based on research and tested programs in exercise science and behavior change. Kids are welcome to attend these walking events.

“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.”

Makin’ Moves has been in Topeka for one year and has seen participation grow to more than 1,000 people.

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

You can visit the Wellness Information Network at