On Wednesday, April 4, St. Anthony Shawnee is encouraging the community to ditch their chair and take steps toward a more active, healthier future by participating in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. The community is invited to participate in a walk around the airport track, starting at 5:15 p.m., in front of St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital Surgery Center on the corner of MacArthur and Kethley Rd. 

Seventy percent of Americans don’t get enough exercise. That’s true for many of us right here in Pottawatomie County. And it means we’re at greater risk for heart disease and Stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of all Americans. 

“St. Anthony Shawnee is committed to improving the health of our community,” said Chuck Skillings, president of St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. “We’re participating in National Walking Day because it’s a great way to remind our community that something as simple as walking each day can have a big impact on your health.”

Physical activity is critical to being healthy, but less than 50 percent of adults get enough daily exercise. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to see the health benefits of physical activity such as lower blood pressure, improved bone health, weight maintenance after weight loss, better sleep, and more energy. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and is a simple way to make a positive lifestyle change.

St. Anthony Shawnee and the American Heart Association hopes people will continue to make physical activity a priority beyond National Walking Day and find the fun in being fit.