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Join group at Riverfront Park to honor National Walking Day

Lace up those walking shoes.

The American Heart Association is hosting a group walk at Riverfront Park Wednesday morning in honor of National Walking Day.

According to the association, Americans are spending more time than ever sitting in front of screens and much less time being active. So it’s designated the first Wednesday of April as National Walking Day. The idea is to get people moving for healthier hearts.

Heart disease is America’s No. 1 killer. And studies have shown that physically inactive people can double their risk. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly for adults and an hour a day for kids.

Everyone’s invited to participate in downtown Spokane’s event, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Clocktower. The 1-mile walk includes a Walking Day proclamation as well as the kickoff for the annual Spokane Heart and Stroke Walk & 5K Run. Registration for the September run will be available at Wednesday’s walk.

For more information, call 1 (800) AHA-USA1 or visit

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