August is Heart Walk and Physical Activity month

August 01, 2018

Have you heard of Heart Walk?

Heart Walk is more than just a walk! Every year, more than a million people across the United States join the American Heart Association Heart Walks to take a stand against heart disease and stroke and help us all be Healthy For Good.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s biggest event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. Healthy For Good comes to life each year in 300 American cities when it is celebrated at the Healthy For Good Heart Walk.  

As Healthy For Good’s signature fundraising event, Heart Walk combines an individual’s quest for health with their “why” for supporting the American Heart Association – whether it’s a loved one’s experience with cardiovascular disease or the promise of a better future for younger generations. This event works to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and stroke.

Life is why we walk What's your reason? Find a heart walk near you.

 

 

Movement is a necessity for your health!

For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours. We could all use more time couldn't we?

Research has shown that walking at least 150 minutes a week can help you:

  • Reduce your risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
  • Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Increase your energy and stamina.
  • Improve your mental and emotional well-being.
  • Boost bone strength and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Prevent weight gain.

If 150 minutes sounds like a lot, remember that even short 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. And it’s easy to fit in 10 minutes of walking a few times a day.

Did you know?

  • Only about 22% of American adults meet the federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic and strengthening activity.
  • About one in three adults participates in NO leisure time physical activity at all.

Check out this video below on our Healthy for Good Movement, meant to inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time.

Important Dates in August

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

 8/1 – National Minority Donor Awareness Day

 8/1- 8/31 National Immunization Awareness Month

 8/4 – Coast Guard Day

 8/13 - 19 National Health Center Week

 8/25- 8/29 European Society of Cardiology 2018

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