The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 30, 2014

National Walking Day promoted to fight inactivity, heart disease

The American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to take part in National Walking Day, April 2.

The AHA said adults today are spending more time at work than ever before, and as a result, Americans are becoming more and more inactive.  

Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease, according to the AHA, but National Walking Day is a great chance to stop the trend.

Employees are encouraged to wear their sneakers to work April 2 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 co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier lifestyle,” the AHA website said.

Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributing factor.

Heart disease is the country’s No. 1 killer, but by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day, that risk is reduced.

For more information about National Walking Day or a free tool kit, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.

For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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