SEARHC to kick off community-wide ‘Walk For The Health Of It’ on Saturday, June 27

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The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is hosting a five-week “Walk for the Health of It” event June 27 through July 31.

The community-wide event aims at encouraging all Sitkans to improve their health by walking at least 150 minutes a week. That’s just 20 to 30 minutes a day.

The kick-off event is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, in the front parking lot of S’áxt’ Hít Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. SEARHC physical therapist, Gio Villanueva will lead the opening stretch, and the first 100 participants will receive a free water bottle.

According the American Heart Association, out of countless physical activities, walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all. Research also has shown the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well-being, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Participation in “Walk For The Health Of It” is easy. Registration can be completed online at searhc.org/walk-for-the-health-of-it or by using a paper form. Forms are available at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital or the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center where participants may also pick up a walking card to track daily walking activity. Walking may be tracked in minutes, steps or distance.

Each Friday completed walking cards are to be turned in at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center or Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. Those cards then will be entered into a drawing for a fun prize.

For more information, please contact Lesa Way at 966-8804 or lesa.way@searhc.org.

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