Chiropractors Urge Walking for Better Health

A health minded program, "America on the Move" appears to fit the Chiropractic style of wellness. From an April 9, 2004 release on PRNewswire, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges people to take an additional 2000 steps daily. America on the Move is a national initiative focused on helping individuals and communities make positive changes to enhance their own health and quality of life.

To assist in the program chiropractors are urging individuals to take some simple additional steps every day. Dr. George McClelland, a chiropractor and member of ACA's Wellness Committee, explains that, "Adding a brief walk in your lunchtime schedule, in conjunction with using the stairs at the office as opposed to the elevator, could add up to 2,000 additional steps for a lot of of us. And cutting only one can of soda out of your day and replacing it with water can eliminate greater than 100 calories." According to Dr. McClelland, "Many health care providers are actually starting to talk to their patients about healthy lifestyles -- a strategy doctors of chiropractic have taken for several years. It's simply not good enough to hold back until someone gets sick to begin considering making them well. As we have seen, that model of health care is not really working." The article notes that the easiest way to keep track of your extra 2,000 steps is to get your hands on a pedometer, a small device that can count the number of steps you take. It just might be the best 10 dollars you'll ever spend.

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