National Walking Day at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

April 18, 2014 7:25 pm

Bill Manns joins a group of walkers.

On April 2, colleagues at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s recognized National Walking Day by spending their lunch hour exercising with President Bill Manns on 5 Lacks.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Heart disease is our country’s number one killer, but this risk can be reduced by staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

According to theAmerican Heart Association, walking can help you to do the following:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

    Debbie Ralph explains how walking may save her life.

Debbie Ralph shared that walking is important to her because diabetes runs in her family. She is taking steps now to improve her future health and avoid this risk. She enjoys walking on 5 Lacks every day to stay fit and refresh.

Thank you, Bill Manns, for promoting a healthy work environment for the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s colleagues. Remember, all it takes is 30 minutes of walking each day to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.


Walkers stop at the American Heart Association table to pick up a button.


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