August is Physical Activity and Heart Walk Month
What is Heart Walk?
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 AHA – whether it’s a loved one’s experience with cardiovascular disease or the promise of a better future for younger generations.
More than a million people across the United States are joining the American Heart Association Heart Walks to take a stand against heart disease and stroke and help us all be Healthy For Good.
Heartwalking is more than going for a walk, it’s any activity that raises your heart rate and breaks a sweat. Heartwalking is doing something like playing basketball, riding a bike or dancing. Today we challenge you to Move More.
- Getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, help you manage stress, sleep better, and improve overall health.
- Regular physical activity boosts your energy, strength, mood, and ability to stay at a healthy weight. It can help lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol levels, prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis, and improve blood flow.
|People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer on average than those who are not active. Be Healthy For Good!|
We have work to do! Did you know?
- About two in three American adults and one in three American children are overweight or obese – and this number continues to grow.
- 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.
- Worldwide, physical inactivity (35%) is now more prevalent than smoking (26%) and is responsible for more deaths.
- Walk for yourself and others. Find a Heart Walk near you at www.heartwalk.org
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
8/26 - 8/30 European Society of Cardiology 2017
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