SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The American Heart Association encourages Santa Barbara’s workforce to make a commitment to live healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, leading causes of death in Santa Barbara and in the nation.   Local employees plan to lace up their sneakers during their lunch hour to celebrate National Walking Day at Santa Barbara City College from 12-1pm.

Each year, more 831,000 Americans die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. A leading risk factor for these deadly diseases is physical inactivity. On the other hand, brisk walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can bring heart-healthy benefits and can reduce your chances for heart disease and stroke and reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In fact, studies show that just one hour of vigorous exercise will increase your life expectancy by two hours. The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day encourages all Americans to get active and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to keep their hearts healthy. Walking is a great way to start – it’s easy, accessible, convenient, and it’s free!
                                                   

For more info visit: www.startwalkingnow.org

http://mylifecheck.org

http://www.heart.org