The Benefit of Walking for Health

766 Words Jan 14th, 2018 3 Pages
Walking has a number of benefits. It is a gentle and low-impact exercise that is accessible to almost everyone, it is simple, does not require practice, and has many health benefits including the reduction of obesity and improvement or elimination of certain types of diabetes. Walking at least 30 minutes 3-5 days a week is an exercise that can help transform your life (American Diabetes Association, 2013).
Background to the problem:
The United States, while being one of the most technologically developed countries in the world, is not a healthy nation. Typically, when we think of disease pandemics we think of things like Swine Flu, Ebola, Lyme disease, etc. However, in the 21st century, we have a new pandemic that affects our children, adults, and eventually the whole population. Because of a more sedentary lifestyle, a proclivity for fast food, a high-fat diet, and hundreds of sugary drinks, obesity is now statistically so rampant that it is having a serious effect on American's health. Almost every researcher, whether medical or academic, as well as the public health sector, agree that there are statistical links between what we ingest and the consequences to our overall health profile. In fact, in some areas 30% or more of the population is considered clinically obese (Centers for Disease Control, 2008). The Federal Government is even involved in mandates that are…
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