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WHEREAS, the first Wednesday in April is recognized as “National Walking Day,” as first proclaimed by the American Heart Association in 2007; and
WHEREAS, walking has benefits that exceed just the importance of health as first attributed to the day; and
WHEREAS, walking is an important source of mental stimulation, growth, and health through cultural and natural tourism, historical education, and connection to natural tranquility; and
WHEREAS, walking as a recreational activity provides proven benefits to physical health for the heart, joints and movement, mitigating the impacts of aging, and can help prevent diabetes and cancer; and
WHEREAS, walking provides an opportunity to engage in fellowship and companionship; and
WHEREAS, walking can be beneficial to human connection, community building, and transportation infrastructures; and
WHEREAS, walking provides the opportunity to engage in spiritual connections to the world; and
WHEREAS, walking brings families together across generations; and
WHEREAS, walking allows people from all communities to experience its overwhelming benefits;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2-8, 2021, as VIRGINIA WALKING WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.