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ArcelorMittal in Northwest Indiana joins the American Heart Association in encouraging local residents to take a walk at work or home on "National Walking Day" Wednesday, April 2nd.
According to a heart association press release the program includes taking a photograph while making a promise to embrace a life-style change by displaying a "My Promise" card. The photo will serve as a reminder of a personal promise that remains in affect throughout the 4-week challenge.
Look for this program to be rolled out again later in the year at the ArcelorMittal sponsored Lake and Porter County fall heart walks for the entire Northwest Indiana community.
According to the American Heart Association, walking, as an exercise, has one of the lowest dropout rates. Meanwhile, adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week to see the health benefits of physical activity including lower blood pressure, improved bone health, weight maintenance after weight loss, better sleep, and more energy.
Andy Harshaw, executive vice president, operations at ArcelorMittal says his company is proud to walk side-by-side with the American heart Association to support National Walking Day and encourage more Americans to improve their cardiovascular health."
The workplace can play a key role in health and wellness. Americans work 164 more hours a year than two decades ago, and sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950. Health problems cost corporate America nearly $226 billion annually in productivity losses, according to the press release.
On National Walking Day on Tuesday, April 2nd, companies across the country are asked to allow employees to wear sneakers to work to go for a walk. Americans are also encouraged to take a walk with family members, friends, and neighbors after work hours.
For more information on National Walking Day and a free downloadable tool it with health tips and resources to host a National Walking Day event at your workplace or in your region community, visit: http://www.stratwalkingnow.org.
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading integrated steel and mining company, with presence in more than 60 countries.
ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. With an industrial presence in over 20 countries spanning four continents, the Company covers all of the key steel markets, from emerging to mature.
Through its core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment. It takes a leading role in the industry's efforts to develop breakthrough steel-making technologies and is actively researching and developing steel-based technologies and solutions that contribute to combat climate change.
For more information about ArcelorMittal, visit http://www.arcelormittal.com.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 219.996.4958, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.
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