Get Up and Move!
These days, adults 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 that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!
But take heart! It's a problem you can help fix by encouraging your community and company to take part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day.
On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers 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 get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life.
Get the Ball Rolling - Sign Up for Your Toolkit!
It's easy to participate in National Walking Day. Complete the appropriate registration form to receive the National Walking Day Toolkit. It includes lots of fun materials and tips to easily promote National Walking Day in your community or workplace. The 2015 Toolkit will be published in January. Register now and we’ll notify you when it’s available.
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Get Others Involved
- Host a walk and/or rally to show your commitment to living longer, healthier lives.
- Rally your family, friends and neighbors to walk that day and every day.
- Invite your co-workers to wear their sneakers to work.
- Encourage employees to get in their 30 minutes of walking that day.
- Change one of your meetings to a walking meeting, and let your colleagues know why.
- Join others across the country and be part of the solution to get America walking.
- Discover and share more information from the American Heart Association about why physical activity is so important.
- Start Shopping for some physical activity gear and show you support the American Heart Association's healthy living movement.
- Get your family, friends and co-workers involved in the annual Heart Walk in your community.
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 contributor. From walking paths and clubs to healthy cooking tips and easy-made, heart-healthy recipes, the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life.TM healthy living initiative helps individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy – all part of the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal. Don’t stop with signing up for National Walking Day; use our American Heart Association Walking Clubs and Walking Paths to keep you walking every day. Visit MyHeartMyLife.org to learn more.
This content was last reviewed on 01/09/2014.