Tallahassee Police 'Start Walking' [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The Centers for Disease Control says about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year--that's one in every four deaths.

Employees with the City of Tallahassee are fighting back against that number one killer.

The American Heart Association says physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. But, taking part in National Walking Day can help fix that.

People were encouraged to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. That's exactly what employees at the Tallahassee Police Department did today.

There's no better day to go walking than National Walking Day.

TPD Officer Scott Beck says, "When you have a partner to work out it's actually a great motivator."

Officer Beck had plenty of workout partners Wednesday morning.

More than 75 employees with the Tallahassee Police Department walked together around Lake Ella for National Walking Day.

It's a day to promote healthy living through physical activities.

The American Heart Association says exercise is one of the best ways to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation's number one and number four killers respectively.

The association says one out of two men and one out of three women are at risk for heart disease.

Officer Beck says, "This activity was just a few minutes of walking. All it takes is 30 minutes of activity every day and you can greatly reduce your risk. It's a lot of fun, especially when you're not working out by yourself."

Chief Dennis Jones and the deputy chief led the pack.

Officer David Northway says, "It starts from the head down. The chief is obviously the one who's going to try and get his employees going. It's great to see him out here. I know that he exercises on a daily basis to begin with. He plays a lot of golf. He has an actual work out regimen that he does."

Employees say they hope to continue "stepping" toward a healthier future.

The City of Tallahassee turned National Walk Day into a competition for all city employees.

Using pedometers, prizes will go to the individual and the department that has taken the most steps by the end of the day.

By: Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - About 75-100 employees with the Tallahassee Police Department walked around Lake Ella this morning. Chief Dennis Jones led the way. They are participating in Start Walking Day. The purpose is to encourage physical activity to promote healthier lifestyles.

This is a competition among City of Tallahassee departments. Whoever takes the most steps by the end of the day will be awarded.

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