Non-Profit of the Week: American Heart Association

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Source: American Heart Association

Last year, the American Heart Association (AHA) — the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives — encouraged Americans to lace up their sneakers and take a walk for National Walking Day, this year the American Heart Association is challenging everyone to get moving the entire month of April with Move More Month.

Move More Month is part of the Association’s Healthy For Good™ movement, which inspires people everywhere to make lasting changes in their health and their lives, one small step at a time.

Not only can moving more help improve self-confidence, energy levels and sleep quality, those who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese.

Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, which include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), are proud sponsors of the American Heart Association, and partner with the AHA to encourage daily activity to boost heart health and overall well-being. Community members are invited and encouraged to use the public walking paths at both the FHMC and MRMC campuses to enjoy a safe and scenic stroll. Dignity Health Central Coast supports fit and healthy lifestyle choices, and encourages staff members and community members alike to remain active in recognition of April as Move More Month.

People are encouraged to share how they're moving more in April by using the hashtags #HealthyForGood and #MoveWithHeart on social media.

The American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good movement encourages everyone to get moving with the following tips:

  1. Work it at Work – Whether you work in an office, at home or behind the wheel, chances are you spend a lot of time sitting. Not enough time to move? Try moving more while you perform routine tasks. Start by taking one weekly meeting to go by walking while you meet. Other options include taking the stairs more often, parking farther out or taking stretch breaks throughout the day.
  2. Play with Fido – Most pet owners will tell you that having a pet can relieve stress and boost overall happiness. But did you know that people who walk their dogs are more likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity than those who don’t. According to one study, dog-walkers got an average of 30 minutes more exercise a day than non-walkers.
  3. Make it a Family Affair – You don’t need to break the bank to move more with your kids. There are numerous tips to keep your family active on a budget. And if the weather is bad or outdoor activities are out of the question, try dancing, playing or cleaning indoors. Want to get out? Go for a walk around the mall or check out recreation centers in your neighborhood.
  4. Bust a Move Anywhere – The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. That can be accomplished by taking small activity breaks, setting reasonable expectations and finding a move more buddy. No matter what you do, it’s important to stay motivated by making every move count and celebrate your accomplishments.

Find resources and join the movement to be Healthy For Good at heart.org/MoveMore.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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