RIVERSIDE, CA — January 15, 2016. The best prescription your physician can give you is to get moving and be more physically active as part of your daily routine. That is why on January 14th Kaiser Permanente Riverside and 100 Mile Club launched another sanctioned “meet up” on the hospital campus Thrive Path. Excitement was in the air and the weather was perfect at 5:30 P.M. when 50 students, parents, seniors, physicians, city and local school leaders were ready to begin walking the .5 mile loop. The Thrive Path meanders through the hospital grounds along the newly landscaped path with native drought tolerant plants and shrubs.
Kara Lubin, Founder and CEO of the100 Mile Club stated "The partnership between Kaiser Permanente and 100 Mile Club continues to grow, and with that so does our ability to help more children and families get active and connect with their community.”
Kaiser Permanente has been committed to caring for the community for more than 60 years. This launch is another example of how Kaiser Permanente seeks opportunities to collaborate to improve community health. The launch on Thursday brought students from Alvord, Corona-Norco, Jurupa, Menifee and Riverside Unified School District, including a local private school. Many stated they found this location to be a safe and convenient place to walk. Some students are well on their way to reaching the 100 mile goal, while one student just started the program and earned his first 2 miles on the Thrive Path.
The Janet Goeske Senior Center supports their clients to be physically active and several who participate in the 100 Mile Club for adults joined that evening. A cheering crowd greeted one participant as she completed 250 miles (and counting.)
The invitation to participate in these monthly 100 Mile Club meet ups is open to everyone. We will meet every 2nd Thursday from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at Kaiser Permanente Riverside, 10800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. Future dates are listed below.
“The monthly walks on the Thrive Path serve as a fantastic way to bring everyone together to not only help our participants earn miles toward their 100-mile goal, but to simply take time to be together, smile, connect, and enjoy each other’s company, an essential component to overall health and wellness. The 100 Mile Club is beyond grateful for the ability to be a part of this incredible effort” said Kara Lubin.
About Kaiser Permanente Riverside:
Kaiser Permanente opened its medical center in Riverside in 1989 and its hospital in Moreno Valley in 2008. Currently, we provide care for over 426,000 members throughout Riverside County. Over 480 physicians care for our members at 9 medical facilities and at Kaiser Permanente’s Riverside Medical Center and Moreno Valley Medical Center. Riverside Medical Center is licensed for 226 beds. Moreno Valley Medical Center has 101 licensed beds.
About Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program
Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and reducing health disparities through community partnerships with the safety net of community clinics, public health departments, public hospitals, and other agencies. Community Benefit also helps increase access to quality health care and coverage, regardless of income, through our charity care and charitable coverage programs; supports community groups to inspire people to make positive changes for health through our Healthy Eating Active Living programs and Community Health Initiatives; and shares our medical knowledge, expertise, and research to help Southern California people live healthier lives. For more info, visit http://www.community.kp.org
About 100 Mile Club
The 100 Mile Club was created 24 years ago by Kara Lubin, a special education teacher from Norco, CA. Every morning Lubin found herself in a classroom of restless students. In hopes of helping them concentrate, she began asking them to run 10 minutes every morning. She noticed a huge difference in their behavior as the kids became more engaged, focused, and eager to learn. Her idea evolved in to what is now a nationwide school-based physical activity program with over 1,000 schools in all 50 states and several countries. For more info, visit http://www.100mileclub.com