I commend columnist Michael Dobie for staying with his walking program ["An addictive buzz that's getting me fit," Opinion, Oct. 4]. Most of us know we need to be more active, but lack the motivation. Walking is such a universal and easy way to move. The health benefits are well-documented, no matter how fast or slow you go.

The Long Island Health Collaborative, a 2-year-old initiative funded by a state Department of Health grant and coordinated by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, has embraced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended weekly guideline of 150 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and 60 minutes daily for children and adolescents.

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As Dobie points out, any amount of walking, done anywhere at any time, counts toward the daily step total. Taking the stairs, parking a bit farther away in the lot, walking the kids to the bus stop, are all simple ways to incorporate walking.

Janine Logan, Hauppauge

Editor's note: The writer is the director of the Long Island Health Collaborative.