Healthy Moments Episode

Start Walking And Stay Healthy

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Oct 6, 2008 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about the health benefits of walking and provides tips for starting a walking program.


To stay healthy, you should get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. And walking is a great option.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Walking can help to:

• energize you

• reduce stress

• strengthen bones and muscles

• burn calories

• and lower your risk for some serious diseases

If you have health problems, check with your doctor before you start a walking program. If you're ready to start, here are some tips:

• Slowly work up to walking 30 minutes per day.

• Choose a safe route and go with friends.

• Wear shoes with proper support.

• And make sure to stretch out before and after a fast walk.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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