Register for the Central Arkansas Heart Walk


The Central Arkansas office of the American Heart Association invites everyone to Move More and join the Heart Walk on Saturday, April 28 at North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock. The event celebrates those who want to have a healthy lifestyle while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving heart disease and stroke research initiatives through the American Heart Association.

Not only can moving more help improve self-confidence, energy levels and sleep quality, those who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese. The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. That is only 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And three 10-minute brisk walks count towards the goal. However, only about 22 percent of American adults meet the federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic and strengthening activity. And, about one in three adults participates in no leisure time physical activity at all.

“Walking is one of the easiest ways a person can start adding activity into their daily life,” says Heart Walk Director Holly Heer. “We hope the walk serves as an inspiration to take steps towards living Healthy For Good.”

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Heart Association showed that it didn’t seem to matter whether exercise came in short bursts or longer bouts, the health benefits were similar. The Central Arkansas Heart Walk festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will be able to choose from the 1 mile, 2 mile or 4 mile routes. Aside from the walk participants can learn CPR techniques and learn about their blood pressure. A Kids Zone and petting zoo will also be on hand.

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