Make A Move: Just Walk More Today
Why is walking an important part of physical activity?
Walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States. Because walking is possible for most people and does not require special skills or facilities, it is a way for many people to be more physically active. Physical activity, such as walking, can improve everyone's health.
How much should adults and children walk?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults have at least 2 1/2 hours (150 minutes) of physical activity per week at a moderate effort. This is equal to a fast-paced walk for 30 minutes, most days of the week. Children should get 1 hour, every day.
How does walking help people with diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association, physical activity is an important part of a diabetes management plan. Regular physical activity such as walking improves blood glucose control, reduces risk of heart disease and contributes to weight loss. Regular physical activity may help to prevent type 2 diabetes in high risk individuals.
What can we do to encourage walking in our community?
To support more frequent walking in our communities:
- Find a time to walk that works for you.
- Start or join a walking group with friends and neighbors.
- Follow safe walking practices such as using crosswalks when crossing streets.
- Work with schools to encourage safe walking to school.
- Participate in local planning efforts to identity locations for walking paths.
About the Make a Move Diabetes Awareness Initiative
The Make a Move
initiative helps Michigan residents better manage diabetes and was developed by the Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition (DPAC).
An estimated 1 million Michigan residents (about 10% of the population) have diabetes and are encouraged to make a move to learn more about managing the disease.
The need for a captivating, consistent diabetes message to be used by diabetes partners statewide was identified in the 2011-2014 Michigan Diabetes Action Plan.