Triad to lace up for ‘National Walking Day’ on Wednesday

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April 6 is the American Heart Association’s "National Walking Day."

Events will be happening throughout the Triad. Participants will be sharing photos with #TriadNWD.

From the American Heart Association:

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

North Carolina A&T and Bennett College are bringing their students and faculty together for a FREE National Walking Day Celebration from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bennett College participants will walk on their campus track from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. NC A&T will have a half-mile walks scheduled at 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. all starting from the Student Health Center. Some walkers will be carrying heart-healthy message “picket signs.” Both Bennett and NC A&T students and faculty will be joining together for the National Walking Day Celebration at A&T’s Sebastian Health Center from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be Hands-Only CPR Training and Novant Health will be providing free heart health screenings from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Innovation Quarter National Walking Day Celebration - After 23 years, the American Heart Association’s signature Heart & Stroke Walk in Forsyth County is joining in the downtown revitalization movement by moving from Tanglewood Park to downtown Winston-Salem in 2016. To kick-off the move to downtown, the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk will hold a celebration for National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6 from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Bailey Park in the Innovation Quarter. The event will include live music, heart-healthy options with food trucks, door prizes, heart-healthy stations, vendors, and will include a one-mile downtown walk led by Dr. Tomlinson and David Mounts, chairman and CEO of Inmar. The public is invited to join in this National Walking Day celebration.

12 - 1 p.m.

2nd Annual Greensboro WALK OUT – Everyone is invited to meet at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum located at 134 S. Elm in Greensboro for a downtown walk featuring heart-healthy picket signs beginning at noon.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

TE Connectivity will hold an employee walk beginning at noon featuring a local survivor. TE Connectivity is the proud National Walking Day Sponsor.

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Gateway YWCA will be holding a FREE National Walking Day Celebration Event in Winston-Salem beginning at 5:30 p.m. The American Heart Association and Gateway YWCA located at 1300 S. Main St. in Winston-Salem are welcoming all Winston-Salem residents to come out and participate. During the festivities, free exercise classes will be held at 6 & 7p.m. A full Facility Tour will take place every half hour. Participants will get their walk in on the indoor track. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes, including one free YWCA Membership.

Why walk?

  • Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950, and physically active jobs now make up less than 20% of our workforce, down from 50% in 1960.
  • Our average workweek is longer. Full-time workers in the US work about 47 hours each week that’s more than 350 extra hours worked each year.
  • One in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963, and childhood obesity is now the top health concern among parents in the United States.
  • Half of all adults and more than 60% of children do not get daily vigorous physical activity.