APRIL IS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MONTH

April 01, 2016

This April, the American Heart Association encourages you to participate in Physical Activity Month by exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day. Just that can help you reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, the nation’s no. 1 and 5 killer. The American

Physical Activity

Did you know that the AHA recommends just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week? That’s just 30 minutes, 5 times per week. However, only 15% of Americans hit that mark. Heart Association is kicking-off a month-long campaign to help people get started and stick to a physical activity routine.

 Walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active, just 30 minutes can go a long way. Walking regularly has many benefits including lowering blood pressure, increasing energy, and preventing weight gain. All you need are comfortable clothes and supportive shoes!   All these changes help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information, check out our physical activity guidelines.            

Additional physical activity resources:

The Price of Inactivity

  • Almost 70% of Americans being overweight and childhood obesity numbers are growing rapidly.Did you know that...
  • Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950 and physically active jobs only make up about 25% of the American workforce.
  • The average person spends approximately $3,000 annually on healthcare, but an obese person can expect to add $460-2,500 extra to that number from medical costs and sick days.

 

Important Days in April

4/1 – April Fool’s Day

4/2-4/4 – American College of Cardiology Meeting in Chicago, IL

4/6National Walking Day, follow @American_Heart and @HeartNews and use #AHALaceUp

4/7 – World Health Day

4/10 – National Siblings Day

4/22 – Earth Day, Passover begins