Walk­ing and talk­ing about walk­ing

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

Here at Out­liers, our fa­vorite mo­ments from the gone-but-not-for­got­ten TV se­ries “The West Wing” were al­ways the show’s famed “walk-and-talk” scenes. When­ever a horde of cast mem­bers would in­tently yet aim­lessly cir­cle the White House trad­ing witty barbs, we as­sumed it was the show’s at­tempt at man­u­fac­tur­ing drama and ten­sion. Now it seems that cre­ator Aaron Sorkin may have had loftier goals in mind.

Over at ev­ery­body­walk.org, there is a “West Wing” re­union of sorts with ac­tress Al­li­son Jan­ney lead­ing a cast of se­ries reg­u­lars on a march to the Oval Of­fice with a dar­ing new ini­tia­tive for Pres­i­dent Jed Bart­let: Amer­i­cans should walk more.

The video is part of the “Ev­ery Body Walk” cam­paign, which kicked off in 2011 and was started by Kaiser Per­ma­nente. The cam­paign is fo­cused on pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of walk­ing and en­cour­ages peo­ple to walk at least 30 min­utes a day. As the (fake) pres­i­dent will tell you, walk­ing just 30 min­utes a day can de­crease the risk of heart dis­ease, di­a­betes and stroke while pre­vent­ing de­pres­sion.

Along with the video, the cam­paign is giv­ing away a box set of “The West Wing,” an ipod and walk­ing kits to pro­mote the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Face­book page and mail­ing list.

Out­liers hopes a half hour of walk­ing is the sort of ini­tia­tive that can re­ceive bi­par­ti­san sup­port, whether you pre­fer your pres­i­dent a Demo­crat, Re­pub­li­can or a fic­tional char­ac­ter.

Pres­i­dent Bart­let busts a move, but it might be health­ier to just go for a stroll.

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