On Saturday, November 2nd, Mid-Southerners will join forces to combat the No. 1 killer of all Americans at the annual Mid-South Heart Walk at AutoZone Park.
The noncompetitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. and include face painting, moon bounces, general heart-health information, balloon art, and much more. Mascots from the Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Redbirds, and Mississippi RiverKings will also be in attendance.
Research has shown walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve good heart health. The benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for as little as 30 minutes each day can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
The American Heart Association's Mid-South Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig. Local sponsors include: the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Cigna, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Caesar's Entertainment, Sutherland Cardiology, JuicePlus, Ring Companies, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Tennessee Machine Tool, and Concorde Career College. Media sponsors include Fox 13, 98.1 the Max, Soul Classics 103.5, Newstalk 98.9, Kix 106, Comcast Cable, and The Commercial Appeal.
Soul Classics' Menthia Clark will co-emcee the event with Fox 13's Kristin Tallent and Wendy Nations.
For more information about the 2013 Mid-South Heart Walk or to register for the free event, visit www.midsouthheartwalk.org.
Hypertension: the Silent Killer
More than 76 million American adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and in Shelby County alone, one in three adults suffers from hypertension.
That's why the American Heart Association created the hypertension management program Check Change Control.
A four-month, web-based program, Check Change Control encourages participants to check their blood pressure at least twice a month and update their profile online. Through the website, participants will be able to track their blood pressure readings and obtain tips for maintaining optimal heart health.
Walk This Way! With American Heart Association Walking Paths
Everyone is looking for ways to get more active, both as part of an overall fitness plan and to reduce risk factors for heart disease and stroke. One of the best, easiest, and cheapest things you can do is go for a walk.
Yet, there can be a few obstacles, such as knowing where to walk or rounding up a reliable group to walk with you.
Fortunately, the American Heart Association has some quick solutions to both problems.
The Buddy System
Your own Walking Club is just a few clicks away. Going to MyWalkingClub.org is the perfect way to connect with others who share your goals, lifestyles, schedules, and hobbies.
You can join an existing club or start your own. It's easy, it's free, and it could be a big step toward improving your health.
A Walking Club can be a built-in support system to help you stick to a fitness routine. In fact, American Heart Association research shows that American adults are 76 percent more likely to take a walk if another person is counting on them.
Get On the Right Path
No matter whether you walk in a group or by yourself, it's nice to have new places to walk. After all, following the same route can get tiresome.
American Heart Association Walking Paths can help you freshen up your routine.
More than 19,000 Walking Paths are available at StartWalkingNow.org or through the Walking Paths app available for iPhone and Android devices.
Is the right path available for you? Well, consider these tidbits:
Available paths cover more than 132,000 miles — more than five trips around the equator!
You can find a Walking Path for practically anywhere you want to go: a neighborhood or a downtown, an airport or a shopping mall, a nature park or an amusement park, a school campus or a workplace.
They range in difficulty from easy to moderate to high. (Most are easy.)
The length varies from a few blocks to a few hundred miles. (On average, they cover seven miles.)
The best part is how easy they are to find. You can narrow it down by your ZIP code.
As you scroll through the names, you'll find simple titles such as "Main Street Mile" or some more creative ones, like the "Home Stretch."
You can print them out or follow them on your smartphone or tablet. You can also keep track of your progress by logging walks into a tracking tool.
You might even be inspired to share a favorite path. Just click the "Create a Walking Path" button.
Whether you find or start a Walking Club or a Walking Path, what matters most is that you get moving. These are great options to help you get inspired or to keep your inspiration going.