Dozens of people laced up their shoes Wednesday afternoon and walked two miles to celebrate National Walking Day.
It's a day where the community helps in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death in Kern County.
"To see so many people in the community pull together and take an interest in their own health and the health of their community is fantastic," said Brianne Gidcumb who took part in the event.
Dozens of people gathered at Yokuts Park during their lunch hour, taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
"Studies have shown that any activity as far as ten minutes of some sort of walking, stretching, running, lifting -- any of that can help you throughout your day," continued Gidcumb.
Organizers say the event promotes physical activity in the workplace and encourages people to take a small walk during their lunch break.
The American Heart Association says 70 percent of Americans aren't getting enough exercise.
"Bakersfield's health is so important to us all, and we have great resources like our walking paths and we have great weather. So, there's no excuse not to get in your exercise every day," said Cori Kitchen with the American Heart Association.
According to the American Heart Association, more people die from heart disease in Kern County than any other county in the state.
Between 1993 and 2002, 11,174 Kern County residents died from the disease.
On a national level, the American Heart Association says each year, more than 830,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases.
"It is very shocking and it's actually really sad. But, I'm hopeful that our community can come together to improve those numbers," Kitchen said. "If you walked two miles every day until now and our heart walk on October 19th, you would have walked to Yosemite and back and lost about 14 pounds."
For more information on adopting a healthier lifestyle, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.