A few steps a day can go a long way to maintaining your health.
That was the message Saturday as 200 people gathered at the Roseville Galleria for a mile-long walk around the mall led by "Biggest Loser" winner Olivia Ward, who lost 129 pounds during season 11 of the NBC TV show.
"There is no magic. There is no secret," Ward told the crowd, noting that the key to weight loss is exercise.
The 5 foot 10 inch tall Ward weighed 261 pounds when she started a weight loss regimen on "Biggest Loser." The first 60 pounds came off just from walking, she said.
The Saturday morning event was part of an effort by Kaiser Permanente to help people incorporate walking into their daily lives. Kaiser of Roseville organizes a doctor-led walk around the Galleria every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
"Walking raises your metabolic rate, so you burn more calories all the time," said Dr. Chris Palkowski, physician-in-chief at Kaiser Roseville.
For Bobbi Knapp, 72, socializing is part of the fun in walking.
"We make friends with people and encourage each other to be healthy," she said.