DALLAS, April 20, 2020 — With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changing the daily routines of many Americans, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is committed to help build healthy, thriving communities. One way to do so is encouraging everyone to sit less and move more together by participating in a livestreamed series of virtual classes.
Dancing duo and TV personalities, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, are teaming up with the American Heart Association to lead a series of virtual, living-room friendly dance sessions. These high-energy livestreams will be fun for the whole family and can be accessed through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and heart.org/movemoretogether at 10 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. CDT/1 p.m. EDT, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from April 20 – May 15.
“Taking time out to move and break a sweat every day is important for your body and mind, especially during these unusual times” said tWitch and Allison. “We want people to know they aren’t in this alone and, that we’re all in this together. That’s why we’re excited to kick off this dance workout series and we’re encouraging people to invite their families and friends to get moving with us.”
For adults, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking or gardening, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity such as running or aerobic dancing, or a combination of both intensity level activities. In addition, the Association recommends two days of moderate-to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity weekly, such as resistance training.
Additionally, a team of fitness instructors and influencers from across the country are leading a lineup of other dance, fitness, Pilates, and yoga classes on the American Heart Association’s social pages on weekdays.
“As we continue to adhere to physical distancing recommendations, it’s important to keep physical activity and social connection a part of your daily routine,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Take advantage of these virtual opportunities to connect and move, whether you’ve been totally inactive and are just beginning to exercise, or if you’re already active. More movement and less sedentary time will add up in positive ways for your physical and emotional health.”
For a look at the upcoming schedule and other fitness ideas, visit www.heart.org/movemoretogether.
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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
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