SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Missouri State University is celebrating  a new way to get around campus. The university Wednesday is opening a new walking path through the heart of the Springfield campus. It’s part of a celebration of National Walking Day.

The event aims to provide a unique platform to encourage the public to embrace a healthier lifestyle through walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. This is the day that adults nationwide are encouraged to make the pledge to start walking and become heart-healthy. Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day can improve heart-health.

Local walking paths are chosen by Walk Springfield community partners and are designed to make physical activity more convenient and accessible, while encouraging individuals by Service-L to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The new path at Missouri State University will be marked with signage that provides walkers with an opportunity to use their smartphone to learn more details about that path. This path joins a growing list of Springfield-area walking paths now recognized by Walk Springfield. This year’s additions, including a new path along the Medical Mile, bring the total to 35 official Walk Springfield paths.

Community partners involved in this new walking path collaboration include:the American Heart Association??, Walk Springfield??, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Missouri State University, the City of Springfield, the Childhood Obesity Action Group and the Healthy Living Alliance.