A new study published in this month's issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that Americans are not walking as much as people in other countries.  According to a write-up in The New York Times, "The data collected showed that Americans, on average, took 5,117 steps a day, far short of the averages in western Australia (9,695 steps), Switzerland (9,650 steps) and Japan (7,168 steps)."

We at Sip & Savor have taken some time to share tips about nutrition, consumer education and the importance of physical activity.  But, after reading this, we wanted to make sure to encourage our readers to get up and get active.  Whether it's taking a walk in the evening, going for a jog in the morning or even some fun fall activities like picking apples - be sure to get out there and increase your steps!  And don't forget to hydrate before, during and after you exercise.

Remember, it's balancing the calories that we consume with regular physical activity, like walking, that is essential to maintaining a healthy weight.