University of Maryland Extension

October 5 is Walk Maryland Day

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling on all Americans to “Step It Up!” to promote walking and walkable communities to promote health. On October 5, all Marylanders are encouraged to take action and take a walk.

  • Grab a friend and catch up over a stroll through the neighborhood. Register as an individual here.
  • Organize an event at your school to encourage kids to walk to school or take a school-wide walk during lunch. Schools can register here.
  • Get your community or worksite together by hosting a walking event and register your group here.
  • Still want more? Participate in the Walk MD! challenge to walk 500 miles on a virtual walk throughout the state.

Did you know that walking is Maryland’s State Exercise? Walking has many health benefits, according to the American Heart Association. Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help people:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid (cholesterol) profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes  

Walk Maryland Day is a collaborative effort between DHMH, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the University of Maryland Extension, and was planned to coincide with the National Walk to School Day event for elementary and middle school children.

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