AUGUST IS HEART WALK AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MONTH

August 01, 2016
 

Heart Walk 2016

Heart Walk walkers

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s biggest event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke – the nation’s #1 and #5 killer. By joining Heart Walk, you join over a million people in over 300 cities across the United States all taking a stand against heart disease and stroke. This year, more than 1 million walkers will participate in nearly 340 events. Donating just $5 teaches more than 100 adults to recognize the signs of heart attack or stroke and how to administer CPR or use an AED.

Follow the links below for more Heart Walk info:


Physical Activity

Did you know?   

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, every week. However, only 15% of Americans hit that mark. Walking is the simplest and most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.

The cost of inactivity: 

The repercussions of not engaging in physical activity are staggering.

  • Almost 70% of Americans being overweight and childhood obesity numbers are growing rapidly.
  • Physical inactivity is linked to 5.3 million deaths per year worldwide.
  • 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.

Add years to your life and life to your years:  

For each hour of regular activity you get, you gain back about two hours of additional life expectancy and here are just a few other benefits of regular physical activity. Physical activity enhances immune system, decreases the risk of developing diseases like cancer and heart disease, can lower blood pressure by 4 to 9 mmHg – the same reduction that’s delivered by some antihypertensive medications, and boosts levels of good cholesterol.

 
Walking with friends

 

How to get there:

One of the best ways to get started is to incorporate Life's Simple 7: get active, eat better, lose weight, stop smoking, manage blood pressure, control cholesterol, and reduce blood sugar. Anybody can make these changes! Start with one or two. Life's Simple 7 is a simple and inexpensive way to get on the right path to living a longer, healthier life.

The American Heart Association has many resources for incorporating physical activity to your weekly routine. Reference the links below for exercise tips, recommendations, and other resources:

 

Important Dates in August

8/1 – First day of Heart Walk and Physical Activity Month

8/4 – Coast Guard Day

8/26 – National Dog Day

8/27-8/31 – European Society of Cardiology 2016 in Rome, Italy