Despite a gray, rainy morning, more than 100 employees took a stroll for National Walking Day at five different Christiana Care locations on Wednesday, April 2.
Each group walked for 20 to 30 minutes, traveling one to two miles depending on the location. Participating employees received a free pedometer to encourage them to walk more often.
“Walking is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that’s easy, free and suitable for people of all ages,” said Alisa Carrozza, MS, wellness program coordinator at Christiana Care. “Walking has many benefits. It strengthens your heart, keeps your weight in check, helps prevent dementia and osteoporosis, gives you energy and helps you clear your mind. Why not start today?”
The aim of National Walking Day is encourage physical activity during the workday, especially by walking at lunch every day. Christiana Care employees are able to log their daily steps on an employee wellness website.
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can improve health and reduce risk for a wide variety of diseases. Learn more at the American Heart Association’s Walking: Take the First Step website.