April 23-27 is “Walking Works! Challenge Week” in Fresno County! As part of the County of Fresno’s wellness campaign, County employees are getting out and counting their steps for the health of it. Today marked the first day of the challenge, and a number of staff joined with District 5 Supervisor, Nathan Magsig, for a quick lunchtime stroll around Downtown Fresno.
Those participating in this annual challenge are tracking and recording their steps this week as part of a friendly competition with our neighbor, Tulare County. This week’s challenge not only offers employees the opportunity to get in a little cardio, but also helps to raise awareness in our community about the importance of exercise and healthy activities.
Walking is low-impact and can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. The health benefits include helping to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), raise high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol), lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of and manage type 2 diabetes, manage weight, and also improve mood. It’s also a nice chance to take advantage of some beautiful Spring weather!