Tread Lightly


Want to roll out the Tread Lightly campaign in your department or facility? Look no further. Download these handy resources and help spread the word!

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Tread Lightly Apparel

Interested in some Tread Lightly apparel to use as giveaway prizes or for team/departmental competitions? We’ve worked with a KP-approved supplier to create the following designs:

Bicycle Jersey

View the full jersey design (pdf) »

Minimum order is 10 jerseys. View price quotes (pdf)

To place orders for apparel, contact the Staples Promotional Products team:

NOTE: Stay tuned for more designs coming forth.

Regional Resources

Want to find out some of the best ways to engage in active transportation in your region? Try Google Maps for directions from A to B not just by car, but by public transit, bicycling, or walking.  Looking for sites with more region-specific info? These handy sites will have you figuring out how to get to your destination in a jiffy!

There’s an app for that!

More and more mobile phone applications and websites are popping up to facilitate responsible travel behavior. Here are just a few that you might want to explore:

Q & A

  1. Where can I find more information about local carpooling and public transit options? See our Resources section for a list of resources in each KP region.
  2. What is KP doing to reduce its carbon footprint associated with travel?

    KP recognizes that each of us plays a part in reducing greenhouse gases. Our care delivery system supports efficiency and greener alternatives travel in these ways:
    • Patients: In 2011, we published a research study in Health Affairs that determined that our use of electronic health record is improving our environmental footprint. Contributors to our success in reducing emissions associated with member trips include features available in, such as email your doctor and mail-order prescriptions. We are also helping members to avoid trips through telephone consultations. We are shortening trip distances with mobile health clinics, employer clinics, and storefront medical offices. 
    • Visitors: Our buildings standards for new facilities require bike racks and a transit-oriented location.
    • Staff commuting: With the promotion of the Tread Lightly campaign throughout KP, we aim to encourage staff and employees to rely more on active forms of transportation to get to and from work. There are transportation coordinators in each of our regions who are dedicated to supporting and promoting shuttles
    • Staff business travel: Many KP employees are avoiding business travel through the use of videoconference rooms, WebEx, and TelePresence. These technologies are being encouraged and utilized across the organization. When we need to travel for business, our contract with our preferred car rental supplier, National, gives us access to hybrids and high-efficiency cars at the standard rate.
    • Fleet vehicles: KP has worked to “rightsize” our fleet of delivery vehicles (pdf) and to minimize duplicative routes (pdf).
  3. What is KP doing to encourage active transportation in the communities we serve?

    transportationIn addition to KP’s longstanding Thrive campaign and our more recent Every Body Walk! campaign, our Community Health Initiatives have focused on active transportation in a number of ways:
    • KP plays a major role in supporting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign through the associated Partnership for a Healthier America, of which we are a founding member.
    • In 2010, we helped our partners in the 40 communities where we sponsor Community Health Initiatives to secure additional federal funding that will extend our work in, among other things, renovating neglected parks, building hiking and biking trails, and otherwise helping make healthy choices easier.
    • KP is a national partner of the Safe Routes to School movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle or walk to school. The Safe Routes to School partnership recognizes that supporting an environment where children and family can safely walk and bike to school helps improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. 
    • In Colorado, KP has provided a 3-year, $450,000 sponsorship of the Denver B-cycle program, the nation’s largest citywide bicycle sharing program.
    • In Georgia, we celebrated Kaiser Permanente’s 25th anniversary in the region in 2010 by investing $2.5 million in construction of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta Beltline, a network of public parks, trails, and transit corridors along a 22-mile rail line that will ultimately circle all of downtown Atlanta and connect otherwise disparate neighborhoods. One of the largest redevelopment projects ever undertaken in the United States, the Beltline is expected to boost “local hire” employment opportunities for struggling neighborhoods and have a major beneficial impact on the city’s livability and overall wellness.
  4. What about air travel? Is it better to fly or drive?

    Although airplanes and jet fuels are cleaner than they once were, driving remains (in most cases) better for the environment than flying. The environmental comparison between driving and flying depends largely on how many people are in your car, what distance you are traveling, and whether your car is a gas guzzler or gas miser. For a humorous explanation from our friends at Stanford University, check out this excerpt in Stanford Magazine.
  5. I’ve done everything I can to be active outside the office. Is there anything that I can do to be more active during my workday?

    Yes! KP employees and physicians are mastering the art of the walking meeting. One of our KP’s greatest proponents of the walking meeting, Ted Eytan, MD, points out the following advantages:
    • walkingPrivacy. It’s less likely that you’ll be interrupted by someone walking past your office.
    • You’ll enjoy a different kind of relationship building, both with people you know well, and with ones you don’t know well. There is something about sharing an experience with someone that creates an imprint.
    • You will organize your thinking on the topic at hand – this is a great way for people to go at the same pace for a little bit.
    • You will be visible in the community that you serve, as will your colleagues, which will make you think about new ways to serve better.
    • Most importantly, you’ll feel as good as you ever have about using a meeting as a business tool.  And this is a business tool – a lot of work gets done this way.
    Read more of Dr. Eytan’s thoughts on walking meetings.

Got stories to share on what YOU are doing to Tread Lightly?

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Commuter Spending Account

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Did you know that you can set aside pre-tax money to use toward parking and transportation used for getting to and from work? It’s called the Commuter Spending Account and it works similar to a Health Care Spending Account. To learn more, log on to My HR and go to the “KP & Me” benefits section.



Did you know that KP has programs at many of our California facilities designed to support you in engaging active transit? To see if your facility has carpool incentives, shuttle services, and subsidized transit passes, visit the National Environmental Health & Safety Commuter Programs page!


Learn More!

Learn more about these advocacy organizations that KP partners with and what they are doing to promote active transportation and get involved!


Designing Healthy Communities

This provocative 4-hour PBS series looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indicators and illustrates what citizens are doing to foster innovative solutions. Watch the films and learn more.


Weight of the Nation

Watch the bonus short film, “Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity,” part of the HBO documentary series The Weight of the Nation sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The film shows how one city took steps to build an environment that supports active living.