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April 25, 2007

Fargo, ND - Hundreds of employees around the country who would normally be sitting behind a desk will be measuring how much they can walk around the office today. The American Heart Association is sponsoring "Walking at Work Day" to remind people to get more physically active. Several employers in North Dakota are participating. Lee Jensen from the Trane Corporation in Fargo says exercise is good for the workers and the company.

“When you do exercise, you have less absentees at work, that's been proven. Plus, you are more focused.”

The company is encouraging employees to go on walks during the work day by providing pedometers and having contests in various categories. Jensen believes that once employees get in the habit of walking, moving more will become more attractive outside work, as well.

She invites anyone looking for inspiration to look at her accomplishment. She lost 65 pounds in two years just by walking.

“I've become a healthier person, and I intend to stay there. When I can help somebody else out I certainly will.”

Other companies participating today include U.S. Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Companies interested in starting healthy habits by their employees can get more information at

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND