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National Walk to Work Day


Updated June 07, 2014

NYC Street Crossing with Look Sign

NYC Street Crossing with Look Sign

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About Walk to Work Day:

National Walk to Work Day is held the first Friday of April in the USA, beginning in 2004. The day is promoted by Prevention magazine and endorsed by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

More Walk to Work Days:
Bike/Walk to Work Day is held in mid-May in the USA, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

UK Walk to Work Week is in early May

Australian Walk to Work Day is held in October.

How to Participate:

You are encouraged to walk for all or part of your commute to work. Aim for a minimum 15 minute walk each way. If you take public transportation, try walking to a further stop before boarding, or getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the distance to work. If your commute is too long, make it a Walk to Lunch Day. Invite your co-workers to join with you for Walk to Work Day, or join you in a Walk to Lunch.

The Goal - Add Healthy Steps to Your Day:

Walking for 30-60 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By finding a way to make walking part of each day, you are giving yourself proven health benefits far beyond any promised by herbs, vitamins, or prescription drugs.
Walking: The Miracle Cure
Walking for 30 minutes a day as part of your work commute or lunch puts you into the "Moderate Physical Activity" category and greatly lowers your health risks.
Moderate Exercise Lowers Risks

How to Walk:

If you are a stranger to walking, learn how to take your first steps with How to Walk for the Absolute Beginner. Learn how to start walking, from zero to walking comfortably for 30 minutes at a time.

Dressing for Walking:

Your walking shoes should be comfortable for walking for 15-30 minutes at a stretch. If your work shoes don't work for walking, wear athletic shoes and carry along your work shoes to change into. For April, dress for the weather with a jacket (water-resistant, with hood in rainy climates). Carry your necessary papers, purse, etc. in a small backpack.
Choosing Walking Shoes
Top Picks for Work or School Backpacks

Use a Pedometer and Stop Weight Gain:

A pedometer can motivate you to log more steps each day. Experts say if we all added 2000 more steps to our day, we wouldn't gain another pound.
Choosing a Pedometer
Add 2000 Steps to Your Day

Plan Your Walking Route:

To have the best walk to work, plan out your route in advance. You can use one of the online walking route planner tools. Explore cell phone apps that can guide you as you go.

No Good Place to Walk? Get Involved!:

If there is no safe place for you to walk in your neighborhood or at work, hitting the treadmill is one answer. Getting involved to demand a walkable community is the long term solution. Pedestrian advocates work with local towns and cities to promote good sidewalks, walking and biking paths, pleasant parks, and healthier communities.
Pedestrian Activism Organizations

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