Group Asks You to Lace Up and Donate Walking Minutes

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CLIVE, Iowa -- Everyone has a reason on why they want to stay healthy, and one group is encouraging walking as a way to do so.

They want you to lace up Wednesday for National Walking Day.

"I walk to keep my heart healthy so that I can be here for moments with my family," said American Heart Association Communications Director Kassi Wessing.

The group says walking is a low impact way to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. For National Walking Day, the American Heart Association wants you to walk 30 minutes and try to reach a weekly goal.

"The American Heart Association actually recommends that adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. We also can work on 75 minutes of intense exercise, or perhaps it's a combination of both. But, for kids, we really want them to be moving too. So, recommending at least 60 minutes of activity a day," said American Heart Association Executive Director Kayla Kovarna.

Nationally, the American Heart Association wants people to walk 100,000 minutes for National Walking Day. You can be a part of the effort by “donating” your minutes and using the hashtag #AHALaceUp.

Businesses are hosting walks throughout the month in preparation of the American Heart Association's Heart Walk in Des Moines on April 16 at Meredith Plaza.

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