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Walk More Live Longer!

April 8, 2009

Sioux Falls, SD – It's National Start Walking Day today, and the American Heart Association reminds us that a person gains about two hours of longer life for each hour spent exercising. Accordingly, the Association is teaming up with South Dakota corporations to encourage residents to include 30 minutes of walking in their daily schedules and thus to prolong their lives by decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Tracey Stoneall, corporate events director for the American Heart Association, says today’s ground-breaking campaign is a call to action for South Dakota residents to take a stand against heart disease by becoming more active. She says the Association is working with more than a dozen South Dakota companies this week to get employees walking more and eating better to live longer.

"Most people spend a lot of time at work. When they come home they're busy with laundry, kids, school activities; at work is an opportunity for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and for employers to keep health costs down by letting their employees be involved in physical activity."

Stoneall says today's observance focuses on walking as an activity because it requires no special equipment, promotes a good cardiac workout, can be done for free, and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.

"Even if you're not very physically active you can start slowly and build up momentum. And walking can lead to running and running can lead to marathons, so it's a good way to just start to get that blood pumping."

Stoneall says the American Heart Association is challenging Americans collectively to walk one million miles today. Individuals can log on to heart.org/start to record their miles and see how many total miles the country has walked collectively.

More about National Walking Day at is at www.startwalkingnow.org

David Law, Public News Service - SD