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American Heart Association's Indiana Heart Walks Promote Physical Activity And Healthy Living
Updated August 22, 2017 6:34 AM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The American Heart Association will host five Heart Walks in Indiana this fall as part of its Healthy For Good initiative to reduce risks for heart disease and stroke.

Approximately two in three American adults and one in three American children are overweight or obese - and this number continues to grow. Worldwide, physical inactivity - 35 percent - is now more prevalent than smoking - 26 percent - and is responsible for more deaths, according to the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

The solution can be simple, one of the best ways to stay healthy, look and feel better, and live longer is by staying active. The AHA recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, help manage stress and quality of sleep, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Regular physical activity can help you look and feel better. It boosts your energy, strength, mood, and ability to maintain a healthy weight. It can help lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol levels, and improve blood flow.

According to the AHA, people who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer on average than those who are not active. For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours.

The Heart Walk is one of the American Heart Association's signature fundraising events, combining 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 American Heart Association Heart Walks to take stands against heart disease and stroke and help us all be Healthy For Good.

In Indiana, the 5 Heart Walks are:

  • Indianapolis Heart Walk- Saturday, Sept. 9- Indy Eleven Stadium
  • Lake County Heart Walk- Saturday, Sept. 16 at Lake County Fairgrounds- Crown Point
  • Northeast Indiana Heart Walk - Saturday, Sept. 16 at Ivy Tech North Campus-Fort Wayne
  • Porter County Heart Walk- Saturday, Sept. 23 at Coffee Creek- Chesterton
  • Lafayette Heart Walk- Saturday, Oct. 14 at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater- West Lafayette
Including increasing activity, Healthy for Good focuses on these four pillars of improving health:
  • Eat Smart
  • Add Color
  • Move more
  • Be Well

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