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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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Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age

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Offering hope and encouragement to the many adults who have somehow neglected to exercise for the past few decades, a new study suggests that becoming physically active in middle age, even if someone has been sedentary for years, substantially reduces the likelihood that he or she will become seriously ill or physically disabled in retirement.

The new study joins a growing body of research examining successful aging, a topic of considerable scientific interest, as the populations of the United States and Europe grow older, and so do many scientists. When the term is used in research, successful aging means more than simply remaining alive, although that, obviously, is the baseline requirement. Successful aging involves minimal debility past the age of 65 or so, with little or no serious chronic disease diagnoses, depression, cognitive decline or physical infirmities that would prevent someone from living independently.

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