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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 

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Start Walking Challenge Issued for North Dakota

March 29, 2010

FARGO, N.D. - Make a note to pack a pair of walking shoes in the work bag next week for National Start Walking Day in North Dakota on April 7. The annual American Heart Association (AHA) program aims to get people walking for 30 minutes a day, with at least some of that walk time happening during work breaks or lunch.

Steve Sanders, exercise physiologist at Innovis Health in Fargo, says regular exercise is a key factor in cardiovascular health.

"It helps reduce the risk of heart disease, which is the nation's number-one killer of both men and women, and it helps reduce obesity. You have to make yourself and your fitness a priority."

Sanders champions a walking exercise program because it has the lowest dropout rate of any type of physical activity. Plus, it's free.

"Even fitting in short sessions of walking, starting, with five, ten minutes for people who have been inactive, as long as you can accumulate two-and-half hours during the week - that's the goal."

The AHA provides tools online to help people plan a regular walking program, and there are materials for employers to promote walking at workplaces

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ND