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April 3, 2013

Editorial: Walk toward a better heart

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The American Heart Association can help businesses and individuals get started with a walking program. Checks the tips at startwalkingnow.org. It will help you live longer. “Studies show that some adults may gain as many as two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular, vigorous physical activity,” the organization says.

Adults have an additional, important reason to start a walking regimen: children. It’s been clear for years that childhood obesity is an epidemic in America. In addition to poor eating habits, kids just don’t get the kind of exercise they did years ago.

Parents can set a great example by getting their family out of the house and on a walk. And it’s a great way to bond, to talk, to wind down from the overconnected, high-intensity world we live in.

Do what you can to keep heart disease from affecting family — one step at a time.

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