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Lace up and celebrate National Walking Day, April 5

National Walking Day warm up

National Walking Day 2015 participants warm up with Campus Recreation and Reggie Redbird.

Lace up your sneakers and celebrate National Walking Day with Health Promotion and Wellness, the American Heart Association Greater Illinois, and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center on Wednesday, April 5, at noon at Redbird Arena.

Physical activity is an important part of everyone’s day. The majority of people do not meet the recommended daily guidelines for exercise, which means they are at a great risk for heart disease, stroke, and other blood vessel disease. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States.

Taking an activity break is not only good for your body. Movement throughout the day also clears your mind and helps you focus on school or work. So take a break and have some fun on at Redbird Arena!

Walkers who complete a loop of the Quad will get a free sandwich from Subway. All attendees may enter to win prizes, including a wellness goodie back and the grand prize of a Fitbit from TechZone. Participants can also complete additional activities such as blood pressure checks, nutrition trivia, and more. Each additional activity completed equals an additional entry into the prize drawings. Heart health information and other wellness resources will be available from various campus and local organizations.

This is a free event open to students, employees, and the entire Illinois State University community.

What: National Walking Day walking event
When: Noon Wednesday, April 5
Where: Redbird Arena, Concourse Level

Additional event features include blood pressure checks, photo booth, prize drawings, and access to campus and community health resources. This event is open to Illinois State University students, employees, retirees, and the entire Illinois State University community.

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