Health Happening health fair to focus on walking

Walking for exercise will be the focus of the Oct. 21 Health Happening health and wellness fair for Washington University School of Medicine faculty, staff and students.

This fall’s health fair, held from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building atrium, will include guidance on using a treadmill and proper shoe selection for different walking styles from three area shoe vendors.

Last year’s Health Happening event drew hundreds of employees.

Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones of staying healthy, and walking is a gentle, low-impact and inexpensive way to be active. Walking can help to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of or manage type 2 diabetes, manage weight and improve mood.

In addition, the fair will feature booths on blood-pressure monitoring, lung function, body composition and smoking cessation. Visitors will also be able to take a step test for fitness and learn about a healthy diet.

The health fair will be the final opportunity for employees to receive a free seasonal flu shot. Employees must present their badge to receive a shot.

Visitors may also register to win one of three $300 gift certificates.