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New Features Take Kaiser Permanente's Walking App a Step Forward

Updated Every Body Walk! app makes sharing and tracking walking progress easier than ever

OAKLAND, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente launched today a refreshed version of its Every Body Walk! mobile app to support anyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

"Walking is a simple way to make a big change in your health," said Bob Sallis, MD, family physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana (Calif.) Medical Center. "Besides being fun and easy to use, the Every Body Walk! app's expanded social-media feature helps users engage their friends and family for support and encouragement."

Originally launched in 2011, the Every Body Walk! app has been downloaded nearly 35,000 times on both iOS and Android devices. The updated app features a new user-friendly design, streamlined functionalities and the ability to share walks via Facebook and Twitter.

The Every Body Walk! app also allows users to:

  • Track and set targets for distance, time, calories burned and routes
  • Watch walking progress in real time
  • Save walking history

The app is an interactive component to Every Body Walk!, an online, public health campaign aimed at getting people up and walking -- 30 minutes a day, five days a week -- to improve overall health and meet the adult physical activity requirement of 150 minutes of exercise a week.

Available free of charge on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the Every Body Walk! app is accessible to anyone, and complements a robust inspirational website -- powered by Kaiser Permanente -- everybodywalk.org.

Users can visit everybodywalk.org to find local walking paths from a database of thousands of maps covering the United States. There's also an option to create custom walking routes using MapQuest.

The robust walking website contains news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, links to walking groups, inspirational videos and a personal pledge form designed to motivate walkers. Every Body Walk! is accessible on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Every Body Walk! is powered by Kaiser Permanente. The campaign is supported by more than 100 partners including America Walks, American College of Sports Medicine and its Exercise is Medicine® global initiative, American Hiking Society, AnyTime Fitness, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Brazos Walking Sticks, Environmental Media Association, Everyday Health, Healthy Child Healthy World, Healthy You Now, Molina Healthcare, Power Rangers emPower, The Purpose Institute, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Technical Consumer Products, Walk Boston and Yummy Earth.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter .

For more information, contact:
Ravi Poorsina, 510.421-0557, [email protected]
Amanda Wardell, 510.292-0758, [email protected]

SOURCE Kaiser Permanente

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