Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
UnitedHealthcare employees gather for a rally and walk during National Walking Day in West Valley City Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — The American Heart Association is encouraging employees throughout the state to wear sneakers to work Wednesday to participate in National Walking Day.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are expected to take part in the event, which is organized to encourage health improvements.

Less than 50 percent of adults get enough of the recommended daily exercise, which is at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, according to the American Heart Association. Regular physical activity is believed to lower blood pressure, improve bone health, maintain a healthy weight and lead to better sleep and more energy.

Local events are being held throughout the day Wednesday, including at noon at City Creek Center, 50 E. South Temple, where participants will walk the perimeter of the retail center, partake of sandwiches and receive information on heart health. The public is welcome.

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