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Today is National Walking Day
As adults spend more and more time at work, the nation as a whole is getting more and more inactive, according to the American Heart Association. That's why employees at companies across the nation, including folks from the Illinois Department of Transportation, took a break from work to lace up their sneakers and go for a walk.
It's all part of National Walking Day, an initiative the Heart Association said can help personal health and the general health of the workplace.
"It just promotes a better work environment because your employees are healthier and happier," Heart Association representative Audra Burks said. "It reduces stress. It helps reduce sick days. Overall, presents a much healthier group of employees."
The Heart Association said just 30 minutes of walking a day can decrease someone's risk for heart disease, help them lose weight, and lower their blood pressure.