Walk a mile in her shoes

Winner of ‘Biggest Loser’ to lead one-mile walk in Roseville
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Walk to Thrive one-year anniversary

What: Celebrates Kaiser Permanente’s mall walking program. Features “The Biggest Loser” season 11 winner Olivia Ward.

When: Ward will share her story at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and then lead a mile-long walk. Activities end at 1 p.m.

Where: Event begins in the Center Court at Westfield Galleria, 1151 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville, and walk goes through the mall.

Cost: Free



At 35 years old, opera singer Olivia Ward was told she would likely never have children if she didn’t lose weight.

But she didn’t give up, and instead spent 22 weeks on “The Biggest Loser” ranch, where, through exercise and healthy eating, she lost 129 pounds. Since winning season 11 of the show, Ward has been traveling around the United States to share her motivational story, and on Saturday, Feb. 23, she will appear in Roseville.

Ward will also lead the audience on a mile-long walk through the Westfield Galleria. Kaiser Permanente has been on a year-long campaign to encourage people throughout the Sacramento region to get moving by walking 30 minutes each day.

Kaiser launched its Walk to Thrive program in February 2012, and more than 5,000 people have signed up. Walk to Thrive features a weekly “Walk with a Doc" program, which is free to the public.

“We know from research that walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week, brings us numerous health benefits,” said Kaiser Roseville Physician-in-Chief Chris Palkowski, in a press release. “Walking regularly, for example, can help us drop significant amounts of weight, reduce blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol levels.”

A regular walking regimen also can help effectively manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and obesity, according to the release.

During Saturday’s event, physicians will be available to answer questions from the public. Following the walk, participants can try out some healthy snacks and learn about nutrition, heart health and stroke awareness, how to manage diabetes and asthma, blood pressure screenings and free body composition testing.