PUBLISHED: 4:36 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2007
SEARHC starts Juneau walking club
Are you ready to be the driving force behind your physical fitness?

Then the "Keep the Pace" walking club is for you.

Meet rain or shine at 8:45 a.m. every Saturday at Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (the Brotherhood Bridge Trail, or "Going Back Clearwater Trail" in Tlingit) off Glacier Highway, and enjoy walking with others who match your level of fitness. Pedometers, water and snacks are available for members of this free walking club, which is sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and open to all Juneau residents.

You don't need to be in the best shape, you just need to have a desire to walk and get healthy.

"Good health is your ticket to feeling your best," SEARHC Community and Diabetes Dietitian Christy Wallace said. "Putting physical activity as an important part of most days can make you feel like a winner.

Find the motive within yourself. Get more active because you want to be healthy, not because you think your health care provider will be proud of you, your spouse is twisting your arm to do more or because you think your neighbor is in better shape than you.

If your motive isn't for you, chances are your physical activity will dwindle because someone else was doing the motivating, not you."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including more physical activity in your life can:

• Lower the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes while helping those with diabetes control the disease;

• Help lower both total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL ("good" cholesterol);

• Reduce the risk for some types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate and esophagus cancers; and

• Promote psychological well-being and reduce feelings of stress.

For more information on the "Keep the Pace" walking club, contact Christy Wallace at 364-4457 or by e-mail at