Move Smart! World Heart Day is Sept. 29

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death worldwide and claim 17.1 million lives a year, according to the World Heart Federation.

Even more alarming, an astounding 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stoke are preventable if certain lifestyle choices are modified – like tobacco use, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity.

This year’s World Heart Day theme – One World, One Home, One Heart – focuses on heart health within the family. The federation is challenging everyone to reduce their own risks and those of their loved ones by not smoking, eating better, and increasing physical activity.

Walking is one of the best ways to increase your activity and decrease your risk of heart disease. Study after study shows that by walking just 30 minutes least 5 times a week can make a huge impact in your health.

Walking is heart healthy. It:

  • Helps control weight
  • Reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces blood pressure in people with high blood pressure
  • Reduces the chances of developing high blood pressure
  • Helps raise the level of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)

So, show yourself some love and keep walking. And show someone you love by taking them on a walk every day.

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