Regina Benjamin walk

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, second from right, walks in the second annual Surgeon General’s “Walk to Wellness” with former NFL player Keion Carpenter in Washington, D.C. Photo by APHA

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin took a break from her post yesterday for the “Walk for Wellness” outside the U.S. Department of Health Human Services building in Washington, D.C.

“I know more of you all know how to do the electric slide,” she shouted at hundreds of HHS employees. “I know you can walk if you can do this!”

Shortly afterward, Benjamin and friends took her recently launched “Every Body Walk” campaign through the city and past the U.S. Capitol Building. The mile-long trek combined her workplace wellness initiative, called FedStrive, with her goal for Americans to use walking as a way to get the recommended amount of daily physical activity.

Specifically, she asks for Americans to walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, to improve overall health and prevent disease.

Retired NFL player Keion Carpenter, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills, led a pre-walk stretch.

“I was joking with [Benjamin] that we both have knee problems — I’ve had five surgeries,” Carpenter said. “But the bottom line is there’s no excuse not to be physically active. There’s always something you can to stay healthy.”