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Get Out and Walk

These days, adults are spending more time at work than ever before. An unfortunate side effect is that, as a nation, we're becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!

The American Heart Association's 
(AHA) National Walking Day is a nationwide call-to-action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Your organization, business, coalition, group or club can help each other take the first step in becoming more active by participating! Join the thousands across the nation as they wear their sneakers to work on April 3, 2012, and pledge to start a healthier lifestyle as part of this annual event.

Physical inactivity increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Luckily, this is a modifiable risk factor and improving it is as easy as going for a walk most days of the week. One of the most effective forms of exercise to achieve heart health is walking. Why is walking so great? It does not require any special skills, it’s safe, free, requires no equipment and costs nothing to get started. Lace up your sneakers and get walking, TODAY!

The American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity) for adults which is about 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Need a little motivation? Grab a friend and walk together! Can’t commit to 30 minutes per day in one sitting? Try dividing your time into two or three segments of 10 -15 minutes throughout the day-it still counts!

For more information on National Walking Day or to sign up your organization, please visit the National Walking Day Website  to fill out the registration and to download the toolkit.

Information taken from: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/april#walking