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Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Thrive Walking Path

February 6, 2014



KP Thrive poster shows several women walking in a park and the caption reads, "Mass Transit"

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills celebrated the opening of its new Thrive walking path today with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew a spirited crowd of patients, staff and visitors.

Located on the campus of Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, the path is nearly a mile long and is open to the public. The course takes about 20 minutes to complete and is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

“We built this Thrive path because we know that physical activity helps keep you healthy and strong,” said Sean Hashmi, MD, an internal medicine and nephrology specialist at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills. “Thirty minutes a day, five days a week of moderate exercise, such as walking, can help reduce your risk of serious illness and improve your mood.”

People lined up behind a green ribbon and a man with oversized scissors is cutting the ribbon

Detail from larger photo. Click image to see full photo. Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield presides over the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Thrive walking path at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we know that walkable environments are vital to encouraging people to walk more,” said Richard Trogman, FACHE, chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills. “By opening our Thrive path to the public, we hope to improve the health of the communities where we live, work and play.”

“This is another example of Kaiser Permanente being on the cutting edge,” Councilman Blumenfield told the gathered audience. This Thrive path is a “welcome addition to the community.”

Why walk? According to the National Institutes of Health, walking can:

  • boost your energy
  • improve your mood
  • strengthen your muscles and bones
  • help you burn more calories
  • reduce your risk of many disease and conditions

Learn more about our weight-loss resources at www.kp.org/weight.

Established in 1986, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center provides high-quality primary and specialty care to more than 200,000 members throughout the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. Our Woodland Hills Medical Center offers several Centers of Excellence, including our Breast Center, Craniofacial Clinic, Children’s Center for Attention Problems, and in the areas of diabetes care and high-risk obstetrics. For more information, visit us online at kp.org/woodlandhills.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.