DAYTON — April 6 is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, and the AHA wants people to lace up for their heart and get moving.
The public is invited to a free walking event at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus, 4100 West Third Street, on Wednesday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by Booz|Allen|Hamilton, will feature a health and wellness fair, live entertainment, healthy snacks and a one mile walk around the VA Medical Center campus. It will be emceed by Jeff Booth of ABC22/Fox45.
“Whether it’s walking, running, biking, playing sports or taking a yoga class, the goal is for adults to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise,” said Rick Holley of Booz|Allen|Hamilton. “Kids should get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. This family friendly event is designed to help kick off a month long focus on being more active and creating healthy habits.”
This year, there’s a fun way to participate nationally: everyone who walks on April 6 can “donate” their minutes walked to the AHA by posting on social media at #AHALaceUp. All minutes posted there will count toward a national total goal of 100,000 minutes walked. Updates and highlights will be posted all day at #AHALaceUp.
Studies have suggested that moderate physical activity has many proven benefits for an individual’s overall health, such as lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol and controlling weight. All these changes help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.
Broken down into weekly themes, the American Heart Association will kick-off the month-long campaign on National Walking Day to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle by increasing their physical activity routines. Week one focuses on walking and the basic tools you need to get started. Because it’s easy, free and low-risk, walking is the simplest form of exercise you can do and the gateway exercise to other, more vigorous, activities. Week two and three will focus on recreational sports and outdoor family activities, respectively, and week four centers around stress reduction and mindful movement, such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity or a combination of both each week. Be part of the movement and register for your free toolkit at www.heart.org/nationalwalkingday.
For more information about walking and living a healthy lifestyle, visit: www.heart.org/physicalactivity. More information about National Walking Day in Dayton can be found at: heart.org/dayton or by calling (937) 853-3102.