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More Proof that Walking Boosts Health and Happiness

Research increasingly highlights walking as a natural and free solution to common medical conditions such as diabetes, depression, dementia, certain cancers, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more. This report - Walking As A Way of Life; Movement for Health and Happiness by Jay Walljasper – underlines the benefits of walking and the need for building walkable communities.  

Adults need to walk at least 30 minutes a day for optimal results and children should walk twice as much, says Walljasper.  Other physical activity is equally beneficial – such as swimming, biking or dancing – but walking generally has the highest success rate since it is virtually free and works for anyone regardless of age, income or fitness capacity.  In addition to individual health benefits, regular walking cuts health care costs in communities and helps build the social fabric.  It is linked with improved school performance and workforce wellness, plus supports green practices and economic development.

This report looks at the benefits of walking and walkability and explores methods for making walking a part of everyday life, not just intentional exercise. It looks at next steps in the “walking movement” and highlights lessons learned from across the country. As Ray Baxter, Kaiser Permanente Vice President for Community Benefit, says: “We have engineered walking out of our lives, and we have to engineer it back in.”

Read the report