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Walking for Healthy Heart

Getting physical could extend your life. Courtesy: American Heart Association
Getting physical could extend your life. Courtesy: American Heart Association
August 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The annual Heart Walk this Saturday could be your chance to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle.

American Heart Association spokeswoman Chrissy Meyer said the association wants people to join the walk - and get moving.

"It's an opportunity for us to encourage people to get out and walk, basically," she said. "We know that physical activity is one of the best things that you can do to take care of your heart, and walking happens to be one of the best activities you can do to take care of your heart."

The walk will be Saturday morning at Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls, starting at 8 a.m.

Meyer said you can make a pretty smart time-trade just by going for a walk.

"One of the things we have learned though our research is that for every one hour of physical activity, you add two hours to your life span," she said. "It's one of the best two-for-one deals you're ever going to get."

Meyer said there will be people at the heart walk that can describe what it is like to live with heart disease.

"We know that one of the most frequent birth defects that we see is congenital heart defects," she said. "So we will have people out there who have been affected with heart disease from birth. We will have people out there who have been affected with heart disease later in their life."

Meyer said there will be one-mile and three-mile courses set up for walkers.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD