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Join WWGH in Move for Health Day Activities at Walmart May 11


In February of 2003 the World Health Organization launched the Move for Health global initiative urging everyone to celebrate each year a “Move for Health” day to promote physical activity as essential for health and well-being.

This year, for the first time, Walla Walla General Hospital is partnering with College Place Walmart in holding a physical activity promotion event as part of WHO Move for Health Day. On May 11, 2014 starting at noon, Walmart shoppers will be greeted by hospital volunteers at the entrances to the store and invited to learn more about the multiple benefits of regular physical activity. Participants will be rewarded for their time with WHO physical activity handouts, health promotion materials and gift cards generously provided by College Place Walmart.

It is hard to imagine a single practice with more health benefits than regular physical activity. By contrast, physical inactivity (lack of physical activity) is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally which translates into 2 million lives). Moreover, physical inactivity is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21–25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of ischemic heart disease burden. Worldwide, it is estimated that over 60% of adults are simply not active enough to benefit their health.

The solution to producing health, social and economic benefits from physical activity to all population groups is simple - at least 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity daily. To promote and increase physical activity requires not only individual, but also community based approach. WHO encourages integrated multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary solutions from policy making to raising public awareness, from organizing walking, cycling and sports campaigns to development of parks and open spaces.

The Move for Health Day event planned for May 11, 2014 in College Place fits well into the WHO Move for Health Initiative aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle globally throughout the year. It is one of many physical activity promotion events planned to be held on the yearly basis in the Walla Walla Valley by Walla Walla General Hospital and its partners.