A step in the right direction
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Walking is also inexpensive–all you need is a pair of shoes with sturdy heel support.
- Give you more energy and make you feel good.
- Reduce stress and help you relax.
- Tone your muscles.
- Increase the number of calories your body uses.
- Strengthen your bones and muscles.
- Improve your stamina and your fitness.
- Lower your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Give you an opportunity to socialize actively with friends and family.
For all of these reasons, people have started walking programs. If you would like to start your own program, read and follow the information.
For More Information
Weight-control Information Network
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Bethesda, MD 20892-3665
Phone: (202) 828–1025
Toll-free number: 877–946–4627
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The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health, which is the Federal Government’s lead agency responsible for biomedical research on nutrition and obesity.
Publications produced by WIN are reviewed by both NIDDK scientists and outside experts.
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