Healthiest State Walk

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Ottumwa Campus
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
United States

Phone: (800) 726-2585
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This year's Healthiest State Annual Walk is encouraging Iowans to Get your walk on by walking 30 minutes on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 anytime from Noon-1:00 PM. We will meet at the Southwest corner of the Advanced Technology Center. Music will be playing and we will have bottled water available for anyone who would like to join us.

Our goal is to have a walk registered in all 99 counties of Iowa. Businesses, schools and communities are   all encouraged to register a walk at the link below.

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Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health.

Increasing people's physical activity level will significantly reduce their risk of chronic disease and premature death and support positive mental health and healthy aging.  To obtain health benefits, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week and that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day.

Despite the health benefits, only one-half of U.S. adults reported levels of physical activity consistent with the guideline.  Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It's also one of the best ways to connect with others.  In walking with friends or family, you get to catch up and refresh your mind.

Invite a friend or co-worker for an after-lunch walk, take care of weekend errands with your family on foot, or invite your neighbors to start a casual walking group. Along the way you'll build strong bonds and memories.  Walking cultivates community. The more we walk, the more we know about where we live, the people we meet and share our neighborhood with.  This is why walkable communities are vibrant communities.  Conversations and friendships develop when we are out and about walking on our own two feet.

More people walking leads to friendlier and livelier streets, reduces social isolation and creates safer neighborhoods.

Physical Benefits of Walking

  • Decrease premature death
  • Reduce development and improve diabetes
  • Reduce risk of dementia
  • Treatment of hypertension
  • Prevent obesity or mitigate risk of obesity
  • Strengthen bones and improves balance
  • Reduces joint and muscular stiffness and pain

Social benefits of walking

  • Provide supportive relationships for behavior change
  • Provide friendship and support through buddy systems, walking groups
  • Create social cohesion

Emotional benefits of walking

  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • Increased self-reported energy levels
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Increased psychological well-being
  • Improved cognitive functioning
  • Promote the release of endorphins - "happy" hormones
  • Release adrenaline - the body's own "mood-lifting" chemical

Why focus on walking?

  • People can get substantial health benefits through brisk walking or by adding brisk walking to other physical activities.
  • Walking is an excellent way for most Iowans to increase their physical activity.

Easy way to start and maintain an active lifestyle

  • Inexpensive.
  • Can be done year round.
  • Most people are able to walk or move with assistive devices.

Common form of physical activity

  • Inclusive of all demographics - young, middle-aged and elderly.
  • Adults who walk are three times more likely to meet the aerobic guideline.


  • People can walk to get some place, have fun, socialize, walk the dog, or exercise.
Wednesday, 04 October, 2017
Christine Howard

Phone: (641) 683-5295
Website: Click to Visit