Public Health Leaders Walk the Walk

May 18, 2012, 5:15 PM, Posted by


U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, led a Walk for Wellness through the streets of the nation’s capital on Wednesday. The one-mile walk was organized by Federal Occupational Health, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides occupational health and wellness services to federal employees.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month—also “the month of persistence," said Benjamin. According to the Institute of Medicine, 69 percent of U.S. adults and 32 percent of children are either overweight or obese, costing the nation more than $140 billion a year in medical expenses. Dr. Benjamin urged everyone to, literally, walk the walk with her in incorporating more movement into each day.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.