US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. President Barack Obama described climate change as one of the key challenges of our time Monday as he announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions. As a step to try to adapt, Obama announced power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Surgeon General of the United States is asking for 22 minutes of your time every day.

Vivek Murthy’s national “Call to Action” is a nationwide initiative urging people of all ages to walk for a minimum of 150 minutes a week – the amount of physical activity shown to reduce the effects of chronic disease, support mental health and reduce the risk of premature death.

While 22 minutes of walking might not seem like much, the Department of Health and Human Services reports that fewer than half the country’s adults currently get enough exercise, and that among high school students, the number drops to about 25 percent.

Some neighborhoods are unsafe, lack sidewalks or can’t accommodate wheelchairs users, who are also targeted by Murthy’s initiative. The ‘Call to Action’ addresses those concerns by partnering with educators, cities and the private sector to make neighborhoods more walkable.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy discusses his “call to action” with Here & Now’s Megna Chakrabarti.

More Information From The Surgeon General’s Office

Percentage of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older who reported any walking in the past week, 2010

Health Benefits Table

Source:  Here & Now
September 10, 2015
By Robin Young & Jeremy Hobson