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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – April is National Move More Month and United Healthcare is encouraging Americans to stay active – even while at home.
According to health officials, walking remains a safe option to support emotional and physical well-being. It also helps boost the immune system.
Health officials also remind walkers to maintain the recommended social distance of six feet due to the pandemic.
“It’s a great time to lace up your sneakers, get outside and obviously maintain social-distancing — but staying close to your neighborhood and moving,” said Sandra Crews, a health strategy specialist. “We are all in front of screens a lot more, we are spending a lot of time at home, so it’s very important that moving is key right now.”
Other benefits of walking
Officials also say walking can help people:
- maintain a healthier weight
- strengthen bones
- ward off depression
- prevent or help manage various chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes