Benefits of Walk Kansas
"If walking was a pill or surgical procedure it would be on 60 minutes." Dr. Bob Sallis, Kaiser Permanente family practitioner.
Walking may be the next big health-care breakthrough that could save Americans more than $100 billion a year. Research supports the power of walking, and other forms of moderate activity, which could cut the rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and Alzheimer's by at least 40 percent. In addition to reducing risk for chronic disease, regular physical activity offers benefits almost immediately. After 8 weeks of activity during Walk Kansas, participants report they have more energy, endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, they get better sleep and have a better attitude.
People out walking also benefit their towns, cities, and communities by making them livelier, safer, and more attractive places to live, work and play.
Since 2001, K-State Research and Extension has promoted and encouraged this amazing health treatment – walking – through the Walk Kansas program.