On Saturday, I'm going to walk the walk.
I'll be one of 2,000 walkers in the The Start! Somerset-Hunterdon County Heart Walk, presented nationally by Subway, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca, and locally supported by Ethicon, Inc. The walk is Saturday, Oct. 4 in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.
The average person can gain two hours of life expectancy for each hour of vigorous, regular exercise, according to a release from The American Heart Association.
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke — the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers.
Each year, about 780,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, according to a release from The American Heart Association. An estimated 1.2 million Americans will suffer from a new or recurrent coronary attack this year and an estimated 38 percent of the people that will experience a coronary attack will die from it.
Study after study show that participating in physical exercise leads to many health benefits, including reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. The easiest and most affordable activity for most? Walk.
To make a donation on behalf of my walk, go to: https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=269658&supid=234383158
To learn more, visit http://www.somersethunterdonheartwalk.org/ or call the American Heart Association at 609-208-0020.