Havre, Montana –Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials state that a sedentary lifestyle can have damaging effects on a person’s overall health. In Montana, 20 percent of adults report not engaging in any physical activity and are at an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, as well as anxiety and depression.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults should strive for 150 minutes of moderate-intense physical activity per week, which includes walking.
“Walking is a great way to incorporate a safe, low-impact aerobic exercise into a daily routine,” said Susan Morgan, RN, Director of Clinic Nursing from Northern Montana Health Care (NMHC). “It is suitable for most people and mitigates the risk of developing chronic conditions resulting from a sedentary lifestyle.”
In a recent article published in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the benefits of walking in a programmatic format were showcased through the efforts of the Montana DPHHS “Walk with Ease” exercise program.
Ms. Morgan said “’Walk with Ease’ is a 6-week, community-based walking program that has been shown to increase walking and physical activity for people at any fitness level, decrease fatigue levels, and improve the confidence to exercise.”
She points out that participants show a marked improvement once they complete the program. Before the start of the “Walk with Ease program” 81% of participants reported walking prior to beginning the program, but then by the end of the 6 weeks 97% report that they’ve incorporated walking into their weekly exercise routine.
“The “Walk with Ease” program engages everyone at any fitness level to start their journey towards better health,” Ms. Morgan said.
This walking program is open to anyone who would like to improve their physical activity. The “Walk with Ease” class will be offered starting July 29th. To sign up or for more questions, please call Susan Morgan, RN at (406) 262-1586.