Monday Motivation: Revamp Your Heart Health

By: Erika Tallan
By: Erika Tallan

Cardiovascular Disease is the number one killer of all Americans.
The American Heart Association says someone dies of the disease every 38 seconds.
Heart Disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.
And congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.

You can help spread the word.
Take steps toward awareness at Lincoln's Heart Walk.
When you join the Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300 plus cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives!

Roy Erlewine is a heart attack survivor.
He underwent quintuple bypass surgery, quit smoking, cut back on salt and eats more fresh fruits and vegetables.

"Hopefully somebody else will hear what I've gone through and say, 'you know, I'm heading down that same road. Maybe I need to really look at making some changes'. Or you, know, I've got some grand-babies. I want to be around to see them grow up. I need to make these changes," said Erlewine.

And he says anyone can do it too.

"You know, there's got to be something to motivate you sometimes to make those changes," said Erlewine.

Erlewine also walks and works out at the gym for up to an hour 3 to 4 times a week.

Why is walking so important??
The American Heart Association says only 15% of us are getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and can be done anywhere and at anytime because there are no fees to pay and no equipment needed.

Walking 30 to 60 minutes for most days of the week can give you more energy, reduce stress, tone muscles and help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

There are simple ways to add more steps to your day:
Park further away.
Go walking on a meeting.
Swap your coffee break for a walking break.
Take the stairs.

The American Heart Association's Heart Walk is Saturday, April 28th at Pioneers Park in Lincoln.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Register online and make your donations at 1011cares.com

10/11's Erika Tallan and Deborah Tuff are emceeing the walk.


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