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New App Can Help You Be Healthier

May 4, 2011

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The American Heart Association's new "Walking Path" phone application can make it easier to find a safe, free, nearby walking path so people can get exercise for better health.

The free app, available for Android phones, iPhones and iPads, can help find a safe nearby walking path. It can be downloaded at startwalkingnow.org.

Dr. Bruce Weiss, United HealthCare of Wisconsin's senior medical director, says a lunchtime walk has many health advantages.

"The benefits of walking, even 30 minutes a day, would be lowering of the serum triglycerides, improvement in the high-density lipoproteins - the good cholesterol, reduction of blood pressure, and also improvement in blood sugars and possibly improving the management of diabetes or even the prevention of diabetes."

United HealthCare is happy to support the program, Weiss says, because the company always looks for convenient ways to help people exercise. Even a half-hour walk every day can work wonders for the heart, he says.

"There have been numerous studies that have demonstrated that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart attack, and significantly reduces the prevalence of coronary artery disease. This association served all age groups, both genders, and ethnicities, so it's a general benefit for everyone."

The Heart Association says walking is the simplest positive change people can make to improve heart health. The new Walking Path app not only can help find existing walking paths but also assist in creating individual paths to share with friends.

The download and more information are available at startwalkingnow.org.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI