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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

If you feel like you are spending more hours at work, heed this warning: You could be doubling your risk of heart disease.

No doubt you have heard the numbers before - it can be like a sad record on repeat: Americans are tipping the scale into the deadly weight range and Louisianans are near the bottom of the list for getting moving. CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital physician, Dr. Michael Lafuente said, "We can become Type II diabetics early on in life because we have insulin resistance. The circulatory system benefits from 30 minutes of light exercise."

Lafuente said a healthy makeover can start with lacing up your tennis shoes and walking three days a week, for just 30 minutes. "Benefits in heart health immediately and benefits in mood, depression, and overall energy levels," said Lafuente.

The effects of longer work hours can be deadly when stress mixes in with sitting all day.  CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club fitness manager, Ellen Papania, said a healthy lifestyle requires a balanced work-life blend. "You will have less stress, your mood is different, there's a sense of lightness and you have a more balanced life," she said.

The City of Lake Charles and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital are teaming up to get you moving. Next Wednesday, they will unveil two new walking paths at Drew Park: one for 3/4 mile and one for 1/2 mile. "They'll be mapped off with signs for the distance and they're also going to have supportive and encouraging messages along the way," said Papania.

If employers are looking to have more efficient employees, Papania said add exercise to the agenda. "Let them get a breath of fresh air, feel the sunshine," she said. "It rejuvenates you for the rest of the day."

Learn more about how your workplace can be a part of a walking program, by clicking here.

The new walking path at Drew Park will open Wednesday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. as part of National Walking Day. Everyone is invited to come out and walk. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

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