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Hawaii Health Department Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

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Hawaii exercise and walking program

"Step It Up Hawai'i"kicked off - a 10-week public education campaign designed to encourage adults to walk 30 minutes or more, at least five days a week.

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On the neighbor islands, the District Health Offices helped kick-off the Step It Up Hawai'i campaign, by leading lunchtime walks on their respective islands. "Step It Up Hawai'i targets people who are thinking about being active . . . the people who have their walking shoes, but need that extra nudge to actually put them on and go for a walk," explained Dr. Fukino. "For people who are not regularly physically active, walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week is one of the best things you can do for your body and state of mind. It can change your life."

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous walking on five or more days a week to help relieve stress, reduce the risk for high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes. Additionally, breaking the walks into three short 10-minute walks still provides the health benefits of a continuous 30-minute walk. In the course of a year, walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week, may result in a weight loss of 3