Get walking on National Walking Day 4.3.13
Transforming Health | 03.28.13
LANCASTER, PA, March 2013 -- Lighten Up Lancaster County (LULC), in partnership with Lancaster General Health and the American Heart Association, is encouraging Lancaster County residents to get out of their chairs and start moving toward a healthier future for the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 3.
Active LULC member, the High® companies will hold a community-wide walk at its Greenfield Corporate Center campus from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Road exit of Route 30. High co-workers along with employees of companies throughout the business park invite the public to get out and walk the picturesque grounds. Participants entering on William Penn Way can follow signs to parking and the main reception area for recommended walk routes and event-related activities.
Tim Zellers, executive director of the Lancaster Heart & Vascular Institute of LG Health and chair of this year’s Lancaster Heart Walk to be held in October, said:
“Walking is one of the easiest ways to add more physical activity to your day, and it has the lowest drop-out rate of any form of exercise.”
He added, “We are proud to be a part of this important effort to encourage our community members to enjoy the outdoors and get fit at the same time.”
On National Walking Day, Americans are encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes of their day briskly walking. The American Heart Association works with employers to make National Walking Day a workplace event by allowing employees to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers and participate in group fitness walks. For more information about National Walking Day and workplace tools, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.
Get walking on Wednesday April 3rd!
Physical activity is critical to being healthy, but less than 50 percent of adults get enough daily exercise. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to see the health benefits of physical activity such as lower blood pressure, improved bone health, weight maintenance after weight loss, better sleep, and more energy. The American Heart Association hopes people will continue to make physical activity a priority beyond National Walking Day and find the fun in being fit.
Lancaster Heart & Vascular Institute is Lancaster’s first My Heart. My Life. cause sponsor, supporting activities such as National Walking Day and the 2013 Lancaster Heart Walk, scheduled for Oct. 5 at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. campaign is a comprehensive health, wellness and fitness platform aimed at empowering Americans to get healthier. It is an important component of the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20, both by the year 2020.
The Lighten Up Lancaster County coalition membership includes concerned residents, parents and community organizations committed to increasing the number of adults and children who are at a healthy weight. Please check Lighten Up Lancaster County’s website at www.lightenuplancaster.org to find out additional ways to become active in our community.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we are 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. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.
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