April 21, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Celebrate Spring by MAKIN' MOVES

KDHE Promotes Walking Program

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in partnership with the Wellness Information Network, is offering a free walking program in Topeka starting April 28 called MAKIN' MOVES.

"Walking is great exercise and all you need is a pair of tennis shoes," said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. "Physical activity is important for everyone and can reduce the symptoms of many chronic conditions. Physical activity with proper warm up and cool down helps nourish the cartilage between joints, this is especially important for people with arthritis."

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. These social walking events in Topeka begin at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, April 28 at the corner of 17th and Washburn on the Washburn University campus. Participants will be eligible to receive pedometers and bags for participating. 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, which 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