Sacramento is offering a free 30-minute walk with a doctor called “Walk with a Doc,” featuring a local physician on the walk who also will give a 10-minute talk on healthy walking. The learning exercise is sponsored by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.
The walk is open to anyone interested in taking steps to improve heart health. Walk with a doc on Saturday, then turn back the clock literally and figuratively, since you need to set your clock back an hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday or before you go to bed on Saturday night.
The local physician is hosting the walk that begins on Saturday, November 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Location is 3501 59th Street, Tahoe Park in Sacramento. The 10-minute talk is followed by the 30-minute walk. For further information, check out, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. If you’re interested in a medical museum, also check out the site, Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History.
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History
In addition to books and journals, the Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History houses 16 display cases showcasing medical artifacts collected and donated to the Society over the years. There are cases featuring collections in the fields of surgery, clinical diagnosis, infectious disease, pharmacy, radiology, Chinese medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and medical quackery.
Experience the evolution of medicine from the Gold Rush to today in this unique museum presented by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Exhibits include an iron lung, patent medicines and pharmacology, antibiotics and infectious diseases, Asian medicine, nursing, radiology, quackery, and plenty of other tools that will make you grateful for today’s modern medicine. The museum’s location is at 5380 Elvas Avenue, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95819. See the site, Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History.
Another walk on Saturday at William Land Park
Another walk, this time to raise money for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance will take place also on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This walk is located at William Land Park. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Vendors will be on hand to sell items such as artwork and developmental toys. A picnic lunch is provided. There’s time after the free Walk with a Doc to also go on this walk if you want to continue walking and then picnicking in the afternoon. For further information on the walk, check out the Down Syndrome Information Step Up website.
How to start your own local walking for health (or fundraising for a cause) tour group
If you’re interested in walking for health in Sacramento, you may want to start your own media tour or walk the world and video record it. In Sacramento, there’s always the California history and newspaper files at the various government libraries from the public library’s main branch with its genealogy section to the government libraries full of historic newspapers and other media-related documents that record Sacramento history. And there’s also the Sacramento History Museum with its exhibit of an old newspaper printing press.
You can offer a short talk on walking for health given by guest nutritionists, nurses, doctors, fitness experts, and holistic health practitioners or experts in traditional and folkloric, integrative, and functional medicine or in traditional Chinese medicine, Chi Walking for health, or fitness routines such as Pilates and other types of exercise and walking or even dancing routines for health and fitness through walking and balancing or even chair stretching exercises for those in wheelchairs who want to move outdoors for exercise and visit various places in Sacramento.
Combine a media tour with food. Are you ready to wolf down food tailored to your body’s requirements–after a brisk walk? If you love to eat a nutritious lunch and you love to walk, how about starting a lunch-and-walk business where you take a group of people on their lunch hour for a half-hour walk followed by a half-hour lunch break that emphasizes more nutritious foods.
A concert at noon with a brown-bag lunch is one way to start because the Westminster Presbyterian church at 13th and N streets offers free music concerts at noon every Wednesdays, except on holidays and invites you to bring your brown-bag lunch. Listen to classical music or jazz and eat. Then do your walking later in Capitol Park across the street if you don’t have to be back at work after the noon to 1:00 p.m. concert.
You could take them to a planned weekly picnic location after the walk, visit restaurants that serve the variety of foods you want, emphasize ethnic foods, or have a brown-bag plan where people bring certain types of foods for lunch and talk about the nutritious qualities of the food or exchange recipes. Here’s how to start your lunch-n-walk business about town.
If you love to walk, contact various offices of any type where the people usually sit all day. Offer to take groups on lunch hour walks in a particular area of the city in which you live. Take the office employees–whether you work there or not–on long walks during the flexible lunch hour. You may also look into an author and book tour of Sacramento. Or focus on a specific type of history whether it’s ethnic or archaeological, media-oriented, food-focused, business oriented, haunted houses, holiday-related, garden, or historical.
Or you may want to take retirees and their dogs on a walk followed by a lunch, brunch, or dinner, or an afternoon picnic in a scenic area. The idea is to walk first and then brunch, lunch, or dine nutritiously. A healthy walk followed by food, a talk, and maybe music also may be done with a church group after services are over on a weekly basis, or on a daily basis with the lunch bunch office crowd that really could use a half-hour walk on a lunch break.
Start a home-based weekend-only neighborhood walking tour business on a shoestring budget. Give your walking tour business a name such as “Inside Details” or “Images and History.” Pick an original name for your business that explains in two words what you offer on your walking tour.
Start with sedentary office workers and offer lunchtime walks with a stop. The group then can sit somewhere and eat or buy lunch, sit down, and eat for 15 minutes before walking back to the office as a group.
During vacation periods from your usual weekday job, take tourists on walking tours all over the most fascinating cities of different countries. Pick a country that’s relatively safe for walking. Eventually, your walking tour business can offer international walking tours of foreign cities as well as local, neighborhood, and wilderness sites.
You start local at first, obtain knowledge of where to walk in which countries or cities, and finally, turn your small business, into an international walking business with a new name that explains where you walk. Finally, turn your international walking business into a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting neighborhood walking in urban, suburban, and rural environments throughout the world.
As you expand, you’ll have to hire people to run the walking tours seven days a week. You also can work with volunteers as well as paid employees. You decide how far you want to go as a nonprofit group with a commitment to promoting safe walking around the world, in your neighborhood, or cater to the downtown workers. Or you can picnic in parks and along the rivers or lakes. If you expand to day trips, you could run a walking and lunch hour-long tour in almost any city overseas.
You can charge a small fee, such as $3 for the walk accompanied by a lecture or neighborhood tour of houses or healthier places to eat, or better yet for the lunchers, let everyone walk free, brown bag their lunches, have a picnic, listen to music, or operate as a nonprofit business to promote safe walking for health and stress reduction.
You can cater to older adults or office workers or all age groups, or specialize in walking for people with special needs. See the sites, About – Sacramento History Online and Researching Sacramento Neighborhood History before you start your own media walking tour of neighborhoods and landmarks, libraries, or museums.
There are plenty of archives to explore at the City of Sacramento | CC&L | Center for Sacramento History | Home. Check out the Sacramento Archives Crawl, a tour that took place last month at the California State Library (900 N Street), the Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.) and the Sacramento Room, Central Library (828 I Street).
If you operate as a nonprofit agency, you can offer free walking tours and run on donations to your nonprofit agency. You’ll be able to maintain a rented office with a volunteer staff if enough donations come in for your nonprofit safe walking tour group. Most people would not like to spend a fee for walking.
You’ll probably find your people dropping because the walks cover the same area repeatedly. So it’s best to operate as a nonprofit agency and run on donations with a volunteer staff rather than a paid staff. Some novelists have written novels set in Sacramento that are in some local library branches. For example, see the novel, Sacramento Latina.
To bring in more money, publish a newsletter listing walking times and other events that can be used for fundraising for your nonprofit business. When running your non-profit walking tour service, make a list of categories to which people can contribute money. Out-of-town trips will generate more income if you’re doing fundraising by offering tours such as home and garden tours of parts of the city, parks, historical places, or media-related libraries, events, and museums.
Volunteer walking leaders can arrange their own trips and go through your nonprofit safe walking tour service to take walkers on tours of foreign cities or national locations if they can find enough walkers willing to walk through the cities selected at an agreed-upon price. They have to work up a budget.
For the working crowds, keep offering midweek lunch break walks. Some of these office workers will be happy to take your walking tours to other countries when they get vacation time. Your clients would be sedentary office workers. Specialize in working with office workers, senior citizens, students, weight watchers, mothers with babies and toddlers. Or create those walk, lunch, and prayer groups. Whatever your focus, there may be groups interested in walking tours followed by a varied and nutritious lunch.