As a nation, we’re becoming more physically inactive, doubling our risk of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. According to the American Heart Association, over 68% of American adults (more than 154 million) are overweight or obese – and this number continues to grow. Being physically active and eating an overall healthy diet reduces a majority of the controllable risk factors for these diseases.
Research shows that walking for just 30 minutes a day offers these benefits:
· Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
· Lowers blood pressure
· Reduces high cholesterol
· Reduces body fat and helps control body weight
· Boosts mental well being
· Increases bone density, which helps to prevent osteoporosis
· Reduces the risk of diabetes
· Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
· Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical activities
The Newport Walking Club, sponsored by the Newport Parks and Recreation department, is organizing a walk on the beach at 5:15 pm to celebrate National Walking Day. Use this opportunity to start that walking program you have been thinking about, meet others who are interested in walking and start on your journey to better health.
Meet at the Nye Beach turnaround on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:15 pm and walk to Agate Beach and back. All are welcome. Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible for controlling their dogs and cleaning up after them. Walk will proceed, regardless of the weather. For more information on this event or the Newport Walking Club, please call Lori at 541-264-0751.