Sandy City has added a dose of physician peer pressure to a seven-year-old program aimed at helping residents lose weight and get in shape.
Families registering for "Sandy Shape Up," a free, eight-week walking program, earn points and prizes by completing weekly hikes on stroller and scooter-friendly park trails. Participants this year also get a chance to "Walk With a Doc," and discuss health and lifestyle concerns with medical experts from Alta View Hospital.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said Alta View emergency physician Eric Gilbert in a press release. "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."