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New walking paths designated in Downtown BR

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Downtown Development District are teaming up for National Walking Day.

Earlier Wednesday morning, four designated walking paths were dedicated to improving the health of all downtown employees and visitors to Baton Rouge. The American Heart Association says heart disease is the number one killer in our state, and walking paths are vital of changing the problem.

"Thirty minutes a day will help lengthen your life by years. That's proven science. Having these available then you can take a piece or a part of a route and make it your own during the day. Relieve stress, enjoy your day, [and] calm your mind by taking that walk," said Lee Rayner, Heart Walk Director of the AHA.

Heart disease and stroke reportedly kill more than ten thousand people each year in Louisiana. Experts say the best way to get started on the path toward prevention is to exercise.

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