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Wear your sneakers for National Walking Day

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The American Heart Association wants you to wear your sneakers to work on Wednesday for National Walking Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear their sneakers to Work and find times to work in some walking. Maybe that's walking to a meeting, parking further away from work, or taking a walk at lunch.

National Walking Day is always the first Wednesday of April. Several events will be going on throughout the day across the country and here in Sioux Falls. At 10:00 a.m. walkers can meet in the parking lot of the Walgreen's at 26th & Minnesota for a walk through the McKennan Park neighborhood. In addition, Walgreen's will offer free walking kits and blood pressure screenings to attendees.

The Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls is inviting the public to join its employees in walking its in-hospital route at 11:30 am. You'll be able to register for gift cards and other prize drawings.

Dakotacare employees will be walking their designated 1-mile walking path from 12:00 to 12:30.

Downtown Sioux Falls employees and the general public are invited to meet in the lobby outside Josiah's restaurant for a walk along an American Heart Association designated walking path to Falls Park and back beginning at 12:00 p.m.

At 2:00 p.m. Mayor Mike Huether will lead a walk for City of Sioux Falls employees, starting at City Hall and winding through Downtown Sioux Falls.

The American Heart Association says an estimated 25 to 30 percent of companies' medical costs each year are spent on employees with excess health risks, which is defined largely by their cardiovascular disease risk profile. They say physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease-which kills 1 in 3 people in the U.S. each year as the Number one killer, but it is largely preventable.

That's why the American Heart Association wants you to get up and moving on National Walking Day. The AHA says more than 60% of CEOs cite healthcare as their top cost pressure. They say obesity costs American companies $225.8 billion per year in productivity loss. The AHA says walking is the simplest and single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. They say research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for as little as 30 minutes each day can help reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, every week, but only 15 percent of Americans hit that mark. The AHA says you will gain 2 hours of life expectancy for every 1 hour of regular, vigorous exercise, like walking, even if you don't start until middle age. For all of those reasons, on National Walking Day, the American Heart Association wants you to spend at least 30 minutes of your day briskly walking.

Also in celebration of National Walking Day, you can join the "Show Us Your Moves," campaign. It's a month-long Instagram promotion that encourages people to submit pictures of their favorite fun physical activity. You can share anything from dancing to gardening. Selected photos will be featured each week on the American Heart Association's website. You can share your pictures with the hashtag #mymoves.

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