The weather is changing.  Trees are blooming.  Putting on those walking shoes has never felt so good!

Students at New Horizon’s Alternative High School in La Jara hope you agree.  For the past several months the students have been learning about what it takes to have access to health.

They’ve learned three important things:

  1. The choices folks make about food, exercise, alcohol, smoking, and drugs have a significant impact on their health.
  2. Nobody can plan when they need a doctor.  Because of that, personal choices aren’t enough; folks also need access to health care services.
  3. It’s important to be able to pay for your health care services without breaking the bank. For that reason, it’s important that everyone has some kind of health coverage.

To translate what they’ve learned into action, the New Horizon’s students will be leading a series of community walks during the month of May. Besides raising awareness about what they’ve learned, they also hope to do something good for their health and their community’s health.

It’s Easy

  • Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey.
  • Walking costs nothing to get started.
  • Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.
  • Walking is easy and safe.

It Works

  • Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides great heart health benefits

It Pays

  • Physical activity saves people expensive healthcare costs
  • Physical activity reduces absenteeism from the workplace
  • Physical activity increases productivity

Walking isn’t your only option.  Try these tips for increasing physical activity wherever you are.

At Home

  • If you have exercise equipment, use it regularly.
  • Work in the garden or mow the grass. Rake leaves, prune, dig and pick up trash.
  • When walking, pick up the pace from leisurely to brisk. Choose a hilly route.
  • Stand up while talking on the telephone.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Park farther away at the shopping mall and walk the extra distance.

At the Office

  • Stand while talking on the telephone.
  • Walk down the hall to speak with someone rather than using the telephone.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk while waiting for the plane at the airport.
  • Walk around your building for a break during the work day or during lunch.

At Play

  • Play and recreation are important for good health. Look for opportunities such as these to be active and have fun at the same time:
  • Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.)
  • When golfing, walk instead of using a cart.

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