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Walking for wellness program

Getting your employees up and moving can be good for your business. Employees who exercise are more productive and have a better attitude at work.1 Studies also show that yearly direct medical expenses for physically active people are lower than for inactive people.2 Helping employees exercise more can keep them from developing type 2 diabetes,3 high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and other potentially costly conditions.4 

Your Kaiser Permanente coverage gives you a variety of ways to encourage employee fitness. Use these resources to help your employees maintain a normal weight and avoid chronic conditions that affect quality of life and lower productivity:

  • Moving more—see this section in the HealthWorks workforce health workbook for tips all employees can use.
  • kp.org/fitness—offers a wealth of ways for all your employees to add exercise to their lives.
  • Free walking for wellness program—find basic program information for your employees.
  • HealthMedia® Balance™ program—customized online exercise guidance. Free to members, fee for nonmembers.
  • Physical Activity Helpline—for Kaiser Permanente members only at 888-680-2348 (toll free).
  • Exercise podcasts—fun, easy-to-follow exercises available for download by all your employees at kp.org/listen.
  • Burn It Off! Fitness Calculator widget—helps all of your employees track their fitness progress.
  • Every Body Walk!Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites.—events, inspiring videos, safe routes, and interactive maps promote the benefits of regular walking to help your employees get started.

Materials to promote employee exercise

Use these promotional materials to encourage employees to use walking as an easy way to get more exercise.

For more information, contact your Kaiser Permanente representative or broker.


1 J.C. Coulson et al., “Exercising at Work and Self-reported Work Performance,” International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2008, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17538350810926534Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

2 "Physical Activity Fact Sheet," World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/media/en/gsfs_pa.pdfKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites., accessed March 2010.

3 "Prevention," American Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/ideas-for-exercise/just-how-much-exercise.htmlKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites., accessed March 2010.

4 See note 2.

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