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Do you remember your first steps? Chances are you probably don’t, but ask anyone else who was there, what a fuss everyone made! Then you probably took another step, and then another and walked your way through childhood, your teenage years right up to adulthood where I’m sure you stopped walking as much as when you were younger.
“SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31, 2011 – Maloof Sports & Entertainment together with presenting partners Wells Fargo, The California Endowment and UC Davis Health System, Sacramento Kings players and full-time Team Members from Maloof Sports & Entertainment worked to complete the donation of a new walking track at Will C. Wood Middle School in Sacramento.
Will C. Wood was one of three schools in South Sacramento targeted by the “Get Fit with the Kings” program, introduced in December 2012. The “Get Fit with the Kings” program was created from the partnership of the Kings, The California Endowment and the Sacramento City Unified School District to improve the lives and health of Sacramento-area youth. The program supports the work of the Building Healthy Communities: South Sacramento team by encouraging students to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and stay in school as a step to becoming engaged, healthy adults.”1
“Community is where health happens, and change begins,” said Jim Keddy, Northern California Building Healthy Communities Director. “We are proud of our partnership with the Sacramento Kings and their work in getting young people physically active and healthy.”1
This was back in 2011, now in 2014 the walking track is still alive and very active. Take a trip to Will C. Wood around 6pm as the temperatures start to drop and you will see many members of the community taking a stroll through the track.
"Walking is man’s best medicine."
“Hippocrates was a smart guy.” says resident of Lemon Hill, Erica Santoyo-Flores an active member in her community and a former member of the Building Healthy Communities: South Sacramento steering committee. Erica says that the walking track is one of the bigger accomplishments in the fight to stay healthy in South Sacramento. “The walking trail is always open, you see many people of different ages, ethnic backgrounds using the track for their benefit.” “I like to take walks with my children on the weekends and there are always many people here enjoying the day many with children that my kids can play with and have a good time.”
Fewer than 50% of American adults do enough exercise to gain any health or fitness benefits from physical activity. Is walking our salvation? I don’t know for sure, but evidence suggests that it’s probably a good start. For example, walking can help prevent type two Diabetes as suggested by The Diabetes Prevention Program, walking just 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15lbs) you can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%. 2
Walking for 30 minutes three to five times a week helps alleviate symptoms of depression by 47% as measured with a standard depression questionnaire.
It bears repeating, “Walking is man’s nest medicine” and though Maloof Sports & Entertainment have left Sacramento, we thank them for their contribution to our community. The Will C. Wood walking track is definitely putting in some miles with the community.