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  • Writer's pictureVivek Murthy

Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

There are many reasons to take a walk. We may walk to school, to work, or even to our places of worship. We may walk to help us think better and relieve stress. Often, we may take a stroll in order to spend quality time with the people and the pets we love most. And, throughout history, we’ve walked and marched in order to make our voices heard and our presence felt. As your Surgeon General, I celebrate all the many reasons for walking—and wheelchair rolling. Carving out just 22 minutes a day on average or 2 1⁄2 hours a week for physical activity, like brisk walking, can do wonders for your overall health. Read the Call to Action and get resources.

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