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U.S. Surgeon General Urges More Walking for Optimal Health

September 15, 20159 min
With only 22 minutes a day, you can drastically decrease your risk of serious health issues later in life.Recently, the U.S. Surgeon General launched a campaign to help address major health epidemics like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.With only 22 minutes a day of walking, you can drastically decrease your risk of serious health issues later in life. However, a 2013 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that three out of 10 Americans reported there were no sidewalks along any streets in their neighborhood. Another barrier that doesn't allow many people in communities to walk is violence or the perception of violence.The U.S. Surgeon General is urging community planners and local leaders to create areas for walking that everyone can access. If you're interested in learning more, please visit www.surgeongeneral.gov. How can you promote walking and walking communities?Bob Sallis, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the U.S. Surgeon General's campaign for walking and how you can participate.

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