Walk to Better Health

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Remember when your child first started to walk? You were so excited and worked with him for days and weeks to see him take his first wobbly steps. You laughed, cheered, took pictures, called relatives, and celebrated. Walking is a wonderful milestone in our development and leads to many other milestones. Think about your life if you could not walk.

Walking is very important to our health. Walking helps us maintain a healthy weight, strengthen our bones, improve our self-esteem, and help prevent various health conditions. To make walking more of a celebration and to encourage us to walk, there is a variety of designated “walking days.” You can choose from these: National Walking Day, Take a Walk in the Park Day, National Walk@Lunch Day, Walk to Work Day, Walk to School Day, and probably many more. There are charity run/walk events in your community throughout the year to benefit others as well as your health.

Why not designate time on your calendar to walk as a family? Plan walking locations together with everyone’s input. You might go to walk in a park, on a walking trail, in your neighborhood, a school track, in a mall, et cetera. Write the date and location on the calendar and go! Think about the laughing, cheering, picture taking, and fun you will have while getting healthy!

Taking a walk together is a good way to move more and learn about each other’s day. Adults need 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Source: EFNEP Healthy Times by Debbie Stephenson, Adult EFNEP Associate in Harnett, Lee, and Moore Counties.

For more information, please contact Tamika McLean, 4-H Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Assistant with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at Tamika_McLean@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/. North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.