Austin is Next Capital on WalkStyles’ WeWhoWalk(TM) Tour Promoting Community and Wellness...

Austin is Next Capital on WalkStyles’ WeWhoWalk(TM) Tour Promoting Community and Wellness Through Walking

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, Walks to Take Place in 50 States


Austin, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 13, 2007–As part of a national campaign to spread the message of wellness through walking – an ambitious, healthful endeavor covering all 50 states in just 50 weeks – the WeWhoWalk(TM) Tour, from WalkStyles, Inc., will make its next tour stop in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Austin is the 17th stop on the Tour.

Austin-area Latino leaders will meet for pre-walk festivities at the Austin Hyatt at 7:30 a.m. Sue Parks, CEO of WalkStyles, Inc., originator of the tour, will then lead the five-mile walk on a specially selected scenic route that showcases Austin, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

All walking enthusiasts in the Austin region are invited to join the pre-walk festivities and the five-mile walk, but must register online for free membership at, by Sept. 24. The updated WalkStyles Web site, designed for individual walkers (and hikers and joggers) as well as local walking communities, also is a tool to fight childhood obesity.

“During the entire 50-week tour, WalkStyles will donate 10 percent of everything purchased with a special Austin promo code on the WalkStyles Web site to a local charity that fights childhood obesity,” Parks explained. “A healthy lifestyle, enhanced with walking, works for all ages.”

The WeWhoWalk Tour is the idea of Parks, whose company WalkStyles is dedicated to helping people live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that includes walking. Parks enlisted the sponsorship of UnitedHealthcare to move this concept forward. Additional sponsors are American Airlines, Citracal, Lindora Comprehensive Weight Control, Foot Solutions, Liberty Fitness, and a nationally syndicated radio program, the Satellite Sisters.

According to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Hispanic/Latino adolescents born in the U.S. to immigrant parents are more than twice as likely to be overweight as their foreign-born peers who move to the U.S.

“UnitedHealthcare applauds Sue Parks for raising awareness about the health benefits of walking through the WalkStyles Web site, and now, the WeWhoWalk Tour,” said Russell Bennett, vice president of UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Solutions. “We share her commitment to engage the Latino communities we serve in taking those 10,000 steps toward living a healthier lifestyle.”

By raising awareness through the Sept. 25 walk, WalkStyles will connect current residents, newcomers and/or visitors to Austin with other walkers in the area, and provide an inspirational focus on the healthful benefits of walking.

Parks, who turned 50 this year and was a corporate executive before forming WalkStyles, has walked at least five miles – or 10,000 steps – every day for the past 12 years. Her walking group in Southern California started with 40 women and has doubled in size, and more walking groups are springing up each week. In her research, Parks learned that walking at least one mile a day could reduce the risk of heart disease by 82 percent over a ten-year period.

About WalkStyles

WalkStyles, Inc., headquartered in Laguna Hills, Calif., is a leading designer and marketer of products and services for people who wish to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle that includes walking. is a free networking site open to individuals and walking clubs throughout the U.S. Walkers can connect with each other to form walking clubs, communicate on health topics, monitor their own progress through the DashTrak Wellness System that encourages 10,000 steps per day for optimum health, and gain a wide array of information on healthy lifestyles. Products include the DashTrak Wellness System and WalkStyles WalkWear. For more information, visit

Austin is Next Capital on WalkStyles’ WeWhoWalk(TM) Tour Promoting Community and Wellness Through Walking