"Call to Action - Walk!"
In September 2015, the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, issued a call to action for Americans to walk more. The sedentary lifestyle of the majority of Americans had been an underlying cause for increases in chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The most important distinction is that a seemingly small increase in walking or other physical activity can have positive health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Specifically, the report highlights that 22 minutes of moderate activity each day can have positive impacts on your health. This can easily be accomplished by adding steps throughout your day by parking further away from your destinations, taking the stairs instead of elevators, walking during breaks at work or participating in more organized physical activity. These goals can be met without joining a gym facility! For more information on the benefits of walking and how our community can support walking, consider watching the documentary "The Walking Revolution."