Today is National Walking Day to prevent cardiovascular disease

Today is National Walking Day to prevent cardiovascular disease

POSTED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 7:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 7:34am

Today, Wednesday, April 4, is National Walking Day! In just a few hours the American Heart Association will begin a one mile walk to encourage people to get out there and get healthy.

The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, located off Essen Blvd at 5000 Hennessy Blvd. Those participating are asked to meet in front of the Chapel.

The goal of the walk to to help promote a healthy workplace by encouraging people to get up from the desk and walk a bit during the day. This effort is in coordination with the Capital Area division for the “My Heart My Life” program.

In the Capital Area alone, 33-percent of all deaths are the result of cardiovascular disease. This can be greatly reduced simply by increasing physical activity.

Studies reported by the AHA show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours; walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits; and walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.

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