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With so much talk about being Physical Active these days the American Heart Association has designated April 3rd as National Walking Day. It is a nationwide call-to-action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Your company can help employees take the first step in becoming more active by participating. Join 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.

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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. Walking does not require any special skills. It is safe, free, requires no equipment and costs nothing to get started.


The American Heart Association suggests 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). 30 minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember, however you will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 -15 minutes per day of the week.

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Now you do not have to just walk on April 3rd but try doing it at least five days a week. You will actual feel better and on your way to a healthier you!

Link to American Heart Association's National Walking Day site: http://www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_walking_day.jsp

Submitted by Helen Herndon-Jones, Regional Extension Agent - Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, 400 Eastern Blvd., Suite 107, Montgomery, AL 36117, Phone: 334-270-4133, Fax: 334-260-6206, Cell: 334-201-6775, Email: herndhj@auburn.edu


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