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National day reminds you to get out and walk

Wednesday is National Walking Day, and millions are lacing up, getting out and taking those steps.

Wednesday is National Walking Day, and millions are lacing up, getting out and taking those steps.

Wheeling Hospital, the American Heart Association, and Oglebay are teaming up to get people across the valley up and moving.

Thirty minutes is all it takes to be a healthier you.

"Every day at 8 o'clock in the morning, I sometimes come 2-3 times a day, so yeah, I walk 7 miles a day," said Candice Randolph.

Randolph and Yvonne Poffenberger have been walking the trails at Oglebay for the last 20 years.

Every day, rain or shine, you'll find them there with their dogs Chloe and Tokeyo Rose.

They walk for the good company and also the many health benefits.

"I just feel good,” Poffenberger said. “If I don't walk, I'm cranky, so my husband says get out!"

"So yeah we do it for health. Yeah," Randolph.

The first Wednesday of April is recognized as National Walking Day.

This is also the start to Move More Month, as folks across the valley a ‘Walk With a Doc in the Park.’

"We encourage 30 minutes a day of walking, but if you can exercise for 30 minutes a day, whether it's at the gym on the treadmill or on the elliptical, or simply taking a bike ride take, the stairs, any little bit that you can do to be more physically active helps combat cardiovascular disease," said Ryan Jerico, division director of the American Heart Association.

Jerico also suggests splitting up your time by parking further from the front door at work, or even going out for a quick 10 minutes on your lunch break.

"Get your tail off the floor and get out the door,” Randolph said. “That's the only thing. There are so many hills in West Virginia, there's no sense in being heavy."

"Our park is the most beautiful park in the country,” Poffenberger said. “It's very nice, and the people who walk here are very nice, and we've made a lot of nice friends."

If you missed your opportunity to walk Wednesday morning, there's another walk taking place at Oglebay at 5:30.

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