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Get moving on National Walking Day and Walk to Work Day!

Put on your walking shoes and get ready for National Walking Day (April 3, 2013) and National Walk to Work Day (April 5, 2013)! The American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the first Wednesday and Friday of each April as National Walking Day and National Walk to Work Day, respectively. On these days, everyone is encouraged to walk for at least 30 minutes, so as to raise awareness for the importance of physical activity towards a healthier life.

Not only does walking take you to places, but it helps you to manage your weight, boost your immune system and lower the risk of heart diseases. It also improves your mental well-being and ease depression! Did I mention that walking reduces carbon emission and saves you car expenses?

Here are a few suggestions on how to walk more:

  • Walk to/from work.
  • Get on/off a public transit stop that is further from your usual stop.
  • Hold a walking meeting instead of conference room gatherings.
  • Walk with your dog or other pets. (Goose or pigs, anyone?)

We can all agree that walking should become a routine activity, but it can be challenging due to keep ourselves accountable. If you need some extra motivation, pledge to take the Better Off Ped Challenge by LA Magazine, and Walkable 2013 by Orthaheel. Have a great time walking!


Four sweet spots for a stroll at UCLA

National Walking Day is coming up next week on Wednesday, April 3rd! Why not celebrate by taking a short walk around UCLA's beautiful campus? Here's our top four sweet spots for a stroll:

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Spanning over five acres, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is home to more than 70 sculptures from artists all over the world, including Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin and more. It's a perfect spot for a peaceful, reflective stroll.

View the garden's location on the Interactive Campus Map. 

Janss Steps

Feeling extra ambitious? Walk the 87 steps that were the original entrance to the UCLA campus--and no, there's no need to skip the 6th step (no one is buried there, despite what you may have heard). The bottom of the steps will land you in Wilson Plaza, home to many Beat 'SC bonfires and rallies.


Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Enter the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and wind your way through native Hawaiian plants, a bird and butterfly garden and exotic desert plants. Use this map of the garden or follow this handy self-guided tour during your walk. You can also join a drop-in tour on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. (no reservations necessary).


Bruin Walk

Depending on what time of day you stop by, Bruin Walk can either be a quiet haven or a bustling center of student activity. In the morning, start your stroll from Election Walk and head west toward the Bruin Bear (make sure to rub its paw for good luck). In just a couple short hours, the space will be filled with students advertising upcoming events and rallying for change.


Where are your favorite places to walk on campus?