These days, we’re spending more time sitting in front of a screen than ever before. This inactivity can have major consequences on our health, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.
As part of Brenau’s health and wellness initiative, the HR office encourages you to participate in a new program, the Brenau Walking Group, which kicks off April 15 – fittingly enough, the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.
To celebrate the event, participants are asked to take a half hour out of the day to get out and walk. There’s certainly a return on investment for those who lace up their sneakers; for every hour of brisk walking, research indicates an individual’s life expectancy may increase by as much as two hours.
The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. The new group is an excellent way for staff and faculty to “literally take the first steps towards fitness,” said Kelley Maddox, executive director of human resources.