Get Moving and Be Part of National Walking Day, April 3

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American Heart Association and Union Bank host Downtown Seattle walk at noon.

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We have seen the benefits of this commitment at Union Bank, and look forward to seeing the benefits across the Puget Sound as well.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has designated Wednesday, April 3, 2013 as National Walking Day and Americans are encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes of their day briskly walking. The American Heart Association of Puget Sound and its sponsor, Union Bank, will also host a group walk in Downtown Seattle at noon at the bank’s Fifth and University Branch.

Physical activity is critical to being healthy, but less than 50 percent of adults get enough daily exercise. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to see the health benefits of physical activity such as lower blood pressure, improved bone health, weight maintenance after weight loss, better sleep, and more energy. The purpose of National Walking Day is to encourage all of us to adopt active lifestyles and lower the risk for heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the United States.

“The goal is to get everyone to join the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day -- both employers and employees – and to have them commit to living a healthier lifestyle by choosing to walk more, eat well and live longer,” says Union Bank senior vice president and regional executive John Stephan. “We have seen the benefits of this commitment at Union Bank, and look forward to seeing the benefits across the Puget Sound as well.”

Workers in Downtown Seattle can join the AHA, Union Bank, and other companies for a lunch time walk on April 3 beginning at noon. Everyone should meet outside the Union Bank branch at 5th and University for a one-mile group walk. Companies and groups that wish to organize their own walks and events can download a free participation guide from PugetSoundHeartWalk.org. Information about community walks can also be found on the website.

In addition, consumers can stop by any Union Bank branch beginning Monday, March 25 to sign a pledge to participate on National Walking Day and live a more active lifestyle. Each person that fills out a pledge card will be entered into a drawing for an AHA fitness kit, which includes a pair of Brooks athletic shoes.

Social media users can also participate in the AHA’s “Show Us Your Moves” promotion for National Walking Day. The month-long Instagram promotion encourages consumers to submit photos of their favorite fun physical activity – dancing, roller skating, walking with friends, gardening – you name it! Selected photos will be featured each week on heart.org and various American Heart Association social media pages. By sharing pictures of their physical activity on Instagram with the hashtag #mymoves, consumers can help spread the notion that exercise can be fun.

With “Show Us Your Moves,” the AHA hopes people will continue to make physical activity a priority beyond National Walking Day and find the fun in being fit. National Walking Day is part of the AHA’s My Heart. My Life. healthy living initiative to help Americans achieve ideal cardiovascular health. To learn more, visit PugetSoundHeartWalk.org or call the local AHA at (206) 632-6881

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

Media Contact:

Francesca Fabile Minas, American Heart Association
(206) 834-8611 or Francesca(dot)Minas(at)heart(dot)org

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