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Spend 30 Minutes Watching This Doc and You’ll Spend the Next 30 Walking

1:43 PM PDT on October 21, 2013

Every Body Walk!, the new campaign spearheaded by Kaiser Permanente and a host of other organizations -- including the Office of the Surgeon General -- is on fire. Two weeks after hosting its first sold-out conference in Washington, DC, the campaign has put out this excellent documentary on the importance of integrating walking into our daily lives.

It includes tips on things like mall walking and parking in the farthest-away space in the lot, but at the heart of the documentary (and the campaign) is a focus on healthy cities and transportation systems that encourage physical activity. Every Body Walk! recommends 30 minutes of moderate-to-brisk walking, five days a week, for a 30-40 percent decrease in cardiovascular problems and a whole host of other ailments, from diabetes to dementia.

"If there were a pill that people could take that would nearly cut in half their risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes; reduce the risk of cognitive decline and depression; reduce stress; improve emotional well-being -- everyone would be clamoring to take it," said Harvard Medical School's Dr. JoAnn Manson in the documentary. "It would be flying off the shelves. That magic potion really is available to everyone in the form of 30 minutes a day of brisk walking." More and more, doctors are literally prescribing walking to treat all of these conditions.

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