POSTED: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 5:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 5:15pm
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--American Heart Association Urges Capital Area to Start! Walking
National Start! Walking Day is April 6th
April 6th marks the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day. Join Louisiana in the movement toward a healthy lifestyle. Just one hour of vigorous walking could add two hours to your life. The American Heart Association’s Start! program encourages physical activity through walking.
These days, adults are spending more time at work than ever before. An unfortunate side effect is that, as a nation, we're becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!
You can take Heart! It's a problem you can help fix by convincing your company to take part in National Start! Walking Day. On Wednesday, April 6th, employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, at 6400 Perkins Road, will be hosting a walk around their outdoor grounds from noon to 1 p.m. The event will feature a kick off speech, health information tents and music.
Join us in the fight against heart disease with your walking shoes on April 6th. Experts will be available at the event for interviews and photographs. This will be a great visual opportunity.
For tools to get started and to learn how walking could save your life, go to www.startwalkingnow.org .
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans visit www.heart.org .