(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron and Assistant Republican Leader Kevin Brooks will join the American Heart Association to recognize National Walking Day, the American Heart Association’s annual icon day encouraging Americans to become more physically active by walking to improve health. The Challenge will encourage Tennesseans to go for a 30-minute walk on this day. The press conference will conclude with a legislators group walk from the Capitol to the Plaza.


WHAT:  Tennessee Legislative Walking Challenge Kickoff


WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:00 noon


WHERE: Steps of the south side of the Capitol, the side that faces the Plaza. In the event of inclement weather: Senate Chamber.


SPEAKING: Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Sen. Bill Ketron, Rep. Kevin Brooks, and officials of the American Heart Association



  • Nearly 29% of Tennesseans report doing no physical activity outside of work during the past month. Tennessee ranks 44th in the nation for worst cardiovascular mortality rate.
  • Research shows that brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day is one of the best activities individuals can do to improve heart health and overall health.
  • It is estimated that if 10 percent of Americans began a regular walking program, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved.
  • Walking can help lower blood pressure, increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood, control weight and control blood sugar, improve metabolism and energy and lower stress levels.
  • The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity each day and adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity (or combination of both) each week.
  • Approximately 50 percent of American adults and 62 percent of children do not get daily vigorous physical activity.
  • The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases, including lost productivity, were an estimated $315.4 billion in 2010.
  • Obesity is a significant factor driving health care spending, accounting for an estimated 12 percent of growth in recent years.
  • One in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.





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