National Walk to Work Day
When : First Friday in April
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson declared the first National Walk to Work Day as April 2, 2004. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape.
On this day, Americans are encouraged to walk to work. If you can't walk to work, walking during lunch time, or another time of the day. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Health officials, medical agencies, and medical organizations around the country state that a 30 minute walk will significantly improve you health. The benefits are many, including lower weight, less chance of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, and much more. This translates to a longer and healthier life.
Unmentioned in other articles, is the emotional and mental benefits of walking. Walking is relaxing and peaceful. If you walk in a park, or along a waterfront, it can be captivating. Need a quick picker upper? Take a walk today.
Note: Walking is free of charge. And, as of this writing there is no tax on walking, either.
So, if you can't walk to work today, walk 30 minutes at a convenient time. Then, make it a apart of your daily life.
Here is another similar holiday of interest: Bike to Work Day. (Always the third Friday in May)
Australia also had a Walk to Work Day. It's the first Friday in October
This Day in History April 5
In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe. (1614)
The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England. (1621)
The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island. (1722)
U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States. (1792)
The Battle of Yorktown begins. (1862)
The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated. (1922)
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires. (1923)
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens. (1933)
Fireside Theater debuts on television. (1949)
Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities. (1969)
North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks. (2009)