The New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice and the New Milford Health Department have announced a National Walking Day kick-off walk April 2 in New Milford. Interested residents are invited to meet at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Richmond Citizen Center at 40 Main St.

The American Heart Association sponsors National Walking Day annually on the first Wednesday of April.

This year, the Visiting Nurse Association and Health Department are encouraging residents to start walking on National Walking Day and to continue the habit of walking throughout the year and beyond.

Plans are underway for a regular walking group to walk daily around the Green at lunch time.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the USA, but by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day, one can reduce one's risk, improve one's blood pressure and see many other health benefits.

For more information, call the New Milford Health Department at 860-355-6035 or visit www.newmilfordhealth.org or www.heart.org/HEARTORG.