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Taking Steps Toward a Healthier World

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Millions of Americans have recently signed up for health insurance, while a vigorous national dialogue continues about how to get access for all to top-quality health care, and how to afford it. The World Day for Physical Activity – Sunday, April 6 – reminds us of one way we can all improve our health with minimal cost and an array of co-benefits.

World Physical Activity Day is organized by the Agita Mundo Network headquartered in South America, but we in the Northern Hemisphere have special reason to celebrate. After what seemed an interminable winter, spring is returning, bringing hints of green, longer days and a bountiful set of options for healthy, active lives.

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Every Body Walk! with the Surgeon General for National Walking Day

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Today is National Walking Day, a perfect time to encourage everyone to get up and get moving. Engaging in physical activity is one of the most important things people of all ages can do to improve their health, and active living is one of the priorities of the National Prevention Strategy, called for by the Affordable Care Act.

The Office of the Surgeon General is leading the Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk! Initiative to support walking and walkable communities.

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National Walking Day April 2

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Mark your calendar for April 2, 2014 for the American Heart Association's National Walking Day - always the first Wednesday each April.

Get Up and Move

These days, adults like you 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!

But take heart! It's a problem you can help fix by convincing your company to take part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day.

On this day, employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your coworkers a friendly push toward a healthier life.

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Just 30 minutes of walking, five times a week, is enough to improve your overall health.
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