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Minnesota Employers Advised to "Let Their Workers Walk"

May 4, 2007


Walk for your health. That's the message of a new campaign by the America Heart Association. Minnesota spokeswoman Heidi Guetzkow says the campaign asks employers to provide time for their workers to walk. She says it makes sense, both physically and economically.

“As we increase employees' health, we're also decreasing their chances of heart disease or stroke.”

She says it also makes sense because 60 percent of CEOs cite health care as their top cost pressure, and because obesity costs American companies over $225 billion a year in productivity.

Guetzkow adds that while there are a lot of exercises that promote health, walking works well for many reasons.

“First of all, it's easy. Most people can do it. And, as we know, any type of physical activity helps decrease the chances of heart disease or stroke. So, just by getting out and moving, doing something as simple as walking, can really help decrease those risk factors.”

More than a third of Americans will die of heart disease or stroke, but it's preventable. Guetzkow notes experts recommend 30 minutes of walking a day, and she says it's do-able for most Minnesotans.

“There's all sorts of things people can do to increase their physical activity during the day. You work in a cube environment? Why not make more trips to the coffee machine. Or, instead of e-mailing a person across your floor, go ahead and walk over, deliver the message. So, we're trying to figure out ways to improve people's culture in the workplace, and then also at home. When you're riding to the grocery store, park in the farthest parking spot away. You can do like this to help increase the steps that you're taking every day.”

She advises people to set goals of 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. The bottom line is that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease.

More information is available online at www.americanheart.org/start.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN