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Every Body Walk! with the Surgeon General for National Walking Day

Fitness, Physical Activity | April, 02 2014

By: Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, Acting Surgeon General

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.  Walking is the most popular form of aerobic physical activity for adults in the United States.  Incorporating walking into your daily routine can:

  • lower your risk of having health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
  • strengthen bones and muscles
  • help burn more calories
  • lift your mood


National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association, raises awareness about the importance of physical activity.  I’ll be walking today here in Washington, DC, and our Junior Commissioned Corps officers have organized walks throughout the country to get people in their workplaces walking. 

This National Walking Day, we hope that you will be part of the movement: Lace up your sneakers and invite your family, friends, and coworkers to join you. 

To learn more about the Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk! Initiative, please visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/walking/index.html. To read recent publications on walking, visit CDC’s August 2013 Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults, http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Walking/, and NIH’s Walking…A Step in the Right Direction brochure, http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/WIN_Walking.pdf.

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