March 4th WSMC Walks

DOWNIEVILLE–Join other community members working to improve their health by registering for the Western Sierra Medical Clinic Walk with Ease program. This new six-week series is designed to help individuals go “from couch to walking” at a self-monitored pace.
The classes meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Monday, March 4, and are held from noon – 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the WSMC conference room, and walk to areas around downtown.
Walk with Ease was created by the Arthritis Foundation and is ideal for novice walkers, those wishing to begin a fitness program, or those slowed down by pain.
Classes will be led by Hannah Lucchesi, who was trained as an instructor in this program and has received her CPR certification. Each class includes brief educational talks on topics such as proper form and health benefits, followed by warm-up stretching, a self-paced walk and a cool down.
“This program can help individuals regain some of their mobility while reaping the many health benefits of walking,” says Danielle Yantis, Registered Dietician at WSMC, who is also a Walk with Ease leader. “I see it as an important tool for individuals embarking on a weight loss program or interested in finding other individuals who have similar health related goals.”
Participants will be supported to gradually increase their walk-time from 10 minutes to 30 minutes throughout the series. A program guidebook is available with customized walk-for-fitness routines, stretching exercises and heart-rate monitoring techniques.
This program is funded by the California Arthritis Partnership Program.  Pre-registration is requested and can be made by contacting Hannah at 289-3298 or emailing  The walking sessions will run through Wednesday, April 10.
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