Our bodies are meant to get up and walk—to the mailbox, down the road, around the neighborhood. Walking can help you stay healthy and live longer so you can:

• Be there for your children, grandchildren, and other family members.• Be an active and helpful member of your community. • Serve as an Elder and share your wisdom. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes, a few minutes, and a safe place to walk. Give walking a try! How does walking help? Walking helps your mind, body, spirit, and emotions.

It can help you:

• Have more energy by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight in good ranges. • Stay active and prevent injuries by keeping your muscles and bones strong. • Feel calmer and less stressed by lifting your spirits.

Walking is right for most people. If you are not sure that walking is right for you, ask your health care provider:

Is walking right for me? How much walking is right for me? Do I need to check my blood sugar before and/ or after I walk? How can you get started? Start slowly. You may be able to walk only a few minutes at first. That’s okay.

Try these tips for getting started:

• Walk at your own pace. • Walk up and down your driveway or around your home. • Walk around while you watch TV or talk on the phone. • Park a little farther from the store. •Try to build up to walking 3 to 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. With time, you may be able to walk farther and go faster. •Keep track of the minutes you walk. You may even find that you feel better and stronger.

Charlene E. BearCub M.Ed.

Diabetes Prevention Program Manager

Office: (509)634-2987

Fax: (509) 634-2819


Melanie Seymour M.Ed.

Inchelium and Keller

Diabetes Health Educator

Office: (509) 978-9057


Lisa True M.A.


Diabetes Health Educator

Office: (509) 978-8141


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