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Central Alabamians urged to exercise, National Walking Day

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With obesity rates high in the South, Alabamians are being encouraged to commit to exercising regularly. Wednesday, April 3rd is National Walking Day and the American Heart Association is hosting events to encourage citizens to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below is a media release outlining Wednesday's event which promote the awareness and importance of physical activity.

For more information on AHA's National Walking Day, please access the website address posted below:




National Walking Day encourages commitment to exercise

Executive hoops, Birmingham Heart Walk countdown highlight local celebration

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On Wednesday, April 3, millions of Americans will celebrate National Walking Day by making a commitment to exercise.

National Walking Day is an American Heart Association health holiday set aside to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give everyone a friendly push toward a healthier life. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.

Here in Birmingham, National Walking Day officially begins the countdown to the 21st Birmingham Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the new Uptown Birmingham entertainment district.  

At 6:30  Wednesday evening, the second-annual Red/White Executive Basketball Game will take place at Samford University's Pete Hanna Center.

Hosted by Baptist Health System, the game features business leaders from across the Birmingham area, including Shane Spees (Baptist Health System), Keith Parrott (Baptist Health System), Robert Kelly (Kelly Construction), Donta Wilson (BB&T Bank), Martin Newton (Samford University) and Garfield Campbell (Westin, Birmingham).

"Exercise is one of the foundations of good cardiovascular health," said Spees. "Unfortunately, our state is behind the rest of the country when it comes to obesity rates and physical activity.

"It's important to get active in order to stay fit. We want to make sure we're actively communicating the critical link of physical activity to better cardiovascular health. Let's encourage all organizations throughout our community to communicate this important link and to become more active!"

Last year's game was a competitive, down-to-the-wire affair, ending in a 54-54 tie. There's no admission fee to attend the game, which is open to the public.

For more information on National Walking Day, click here.

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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.

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