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Celebrate Physical Activity on April 6

Help recognize two important initiatives coming up soon by being physically active!

National Walking Day
National Walking Day is the American Heart Association's nationwide call to action for Americans to become more physically active. Take the next step toward better health and join thousands of people as they wear their sneakers to work or school on Wednesday, April 6. Learn more from the American Heart Association.

World Day for Physical Activity
What are you doing to celebrate World Physical Activity Day? April 6 is your opportunity to walk, bike or run to help create a healthier life for you and the global community. This year's World Physical Activity Day carries the theme Physical Activity— A Golden Goal for Health.

ACSM and other proponents of World Physical Activity Day and initiatives such as Every Body Walk!, the National Physical Activity Plan, ActivEarth and Exercise is Medicine® have assumed lead roles. All have noted that, in addition to improved individual health and quality of life, physical activity and exercise bring numerous co-benefits such as health care cost savings, reduced environmental impact and better academic achievement. The U.S. federal physical activity guidelines call for 60 minutes per day, most days of the week, for children and 30 minutes daily for adults.

World Physical Activity Day began in 2002, when the World Health Organization designated the promotion of physical activity as a theme for World Health Day, inspired by the Brazilian movement Agita São Paulo, with which ACSM is a partner. Supporters are encouraged to organize local events, like walking parades and other inclusive fitness opportunities. To register your own event, click here. (Please see language selection at top right if needed.) more

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