New Orleans, LA – On April 24, 2013, employees of Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) will take a big step toward better health, joining walkers across the country in the seventh annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Last year, tens of thousands of walkers participated in events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

National Walk @ Lunch Day is a national program which reminds people to take time during their lunch break and start walking toward better health.  Because most people’s schedules are built around their workdays, National Walk at Lunch DayNational Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into – not compete with – their daily routine.

National Walk @ Lunch Day is an easy way for our employees to fit some exercise into their busy lives,” said Michael Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of DIS.  “The process is simple – just take a half hour to walk at lunch. Making this a habit can contribute to an individual’s health and the overall health of our community.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, every year. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant health benefits, lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension or type II diabetes, and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints.