Sandy City residents are hitting the pavement again this month for the seventh annual Shape Up Sandy, a free eight-week walking program that helps individuals, couples, and families LiVe Well.
This year includes a new “Walk With a Doc” feature that will allow participants to walk with a physician or other medical expert from Alta View Hospital. It’s a chance to discuss concerns and seek advice about healthy lifestyle changes.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Eric Gilbert, MD, an emergency physician at Alta View Hospital who helped with the program last year. “Besides the health benefits of these walks, the program gets people involved in the community and helps to improve relationships with family and friends. It all builds on itself,” he said.
Each walk will be in a different Sandy City park on Mondays starting at 6 p.m. The schedule:
- May 12 — Kickoff at Lone Peak Park, 10140 S. 700 East
- May 19 — Eric Passey, physical therapist will join the walk at Hidden Valley Park, 11700 S. Wasatch Blvd.
- May 26 — Walk on your own during Memorial Day week
- June 2 — Lindsay Park, dietitian will join the walk at Flat Iron Mesa Park, 1700 E. 8600 South
- June 9 — Christian Neff, MD, emergency physician, will join the walk at Wildflower Park, 9939 S. Wildflower Lane (1835 East)
- June 16 — Adam Taintor, MD, dermatologist will join the walk at Falcon Park, 9200 S. 1700 East
- June 23 — Christian Sybrowsky, MD, orthopedic surgeon, will join the walk at Buttercup Park, 10075 S. 1550 East
- June 30 — Prizes and Drawings at Lone Park Peak, 10140 S. 700 East
Participants will receive a points tracker when they register. They can earn points by completing the weekly walk, doing an additional “challenge” walk or hike later in the week, and by attending a short talk. They can turn in the points card at the end to be eligible for prizes.
Families are welcome!It’s a great opportunity to spend time with family while encouraging exercise. Many trails are stroller and scooter friendly.
For more information or to register, visit the Healthy Sandy website. Participants may also register at each walk. Shape Up Sandy is sponsored by the Healthy Sandy coalition, which includes Alta View Hospital, Sandy City, the Canyons School District, and Salt Lake County Health Department.