The Black Hills Heart Walk will be held Sept. 17 in Rapid City.
“We are trying to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke,” said Regional Health Director of Well Being Theresa Ferdinand about the American Heart Association’s efforts, “educating people on things to do for prevention and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
Key heart health factors include managing stress, making healthy food choices and moving your body – which is where the Black Hills Heart Walk comes in. Walking the 3-mile course for this awareness event isn’t going to change your health, but walking can play a major role in heart health. Let the heart walk launch your walking habit!
The Black Hills Heart Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. starting at Main Street Square in Rapid City.Participation is free, and for walkers and non-walkers alike there will be booths available with information on fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. Be sure to pick up your free copy of Black Hills Parent at the event registration table.
AHA’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers.
Here’s what you need to know:
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. A walking program of 40 minutes three to four times each week will help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and help with weight loss goals.
The benefits of walking are numerous.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk will help you:
Maintain a healthy weight
Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mood
Improve your balance and coordination
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits
If you’re ready to start a regular walking program, the American Heart Association offers tips and strategies to get you started and keep you going.