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Step It Up! Surgeon General's
Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

On September 9, 2015, US Surgeon General VADM Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., announced his national Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. This declaration addresses a number of major health issues facing our country today. Imagine the dramatic impact we can have if the entire medical community comes together to promote walking and physical activity with patients all over the country.

Why the Health Care Sector is Needed to Help America Become a More Walkable Nation

In 2012, almost 80% of U.S. adults reported that they had visited a health care professional sometime in the past 12 months. Those encounters give health care professionals an opportunity to promote physical activity and walking as one way to be active. Many patients can walk, and walking can be easily modified to a person’s abilities. Health care professionals can help patients overcome barriers to physical activity and put them on the path to better health.


    Download the Step It Up! Guide to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

    Resources for Health Care Professionals and Associations

    What Can You Do Now?

    • Pledge to support the call to action by completing the organizational pledge form
    • Talk with patients about the benefits of walking and physical activity, and make it a part of their treatment plans
    • Be an advocate for physical activity, walking and walkable communities

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