April 1 is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day and people throughout the United States will lace up their sneakers and come together to help fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer. It is an opportunity to kick off a commitment to healthy living.

Physical activity is a key element of heart health but more importantly in the prevention of heart disease. National Walking Day is about getting active to fight heart disease and stroke. And it’s about having fun. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for 30 minutes a day can include walking, gardening, swimming, housework or dancing. Find the exercise to fit your schedule, your interests and your abilities.

Healthy living doesn’t stop after one day. Keep the momentum and commitment by making exercise part of your daily routine. Let’s get active as individuals, families, companies and a community.

We encourage companies to take an active role in the heart health of their employees by participating in National Walking Day. Just start walking. Step by step, day after day, you walk to take steps towards heart health.

Sandra M. Holub

director, Albemarle Foundation

Baton Rouge

Coletta C. Barrett

vice president of mission, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Baton Rouge

Kate Jones

chief clinical officer, Amedisys

Baton Rouge