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Mar 27, 2019,
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American Heart Association North Bay Division
Kick Off Move More Month with Petaluma Walking Day American Heart Association celebrates Move More Month in April, urges people to sit less and be well at work.
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Kick Off Move More Month with Petaluma Walking Day

American Heart Association celebrates Move More Month in April, urges people to sit less and be well at work.  

PETALUMA, Calif., March 27, 2019 — With the recent news that even small bouts of exercise lead to significant health benefits, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, is urging adults to move more and make it count in April starting with the North Bay Division’s Third Annual Petaluma Walking Day on International Walking Day, Wednesday April 3. North Bay residents and regional employees are encouraged to go for a stroll between 11 AM and 2 PM at Schollenberger Park at 1400 Cader Lane, Petaluma, CA. Health and wellness vendors will be at the event including members of Petaluma Health Care District’s Health Quest team who will teach Hands-Only CPR and AED education, and the Northern California Center for Well-Being will provide free blood pressure screenings. 

“It doesn’t matter whether you get activity in short bursts of a few minutes or longer periods of time,” says Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP and American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Any activity - even small, short bouts – will provide a health benefit. If you have been totally inactive and start exercising, you will benefit. But even if you’re already active, adding more movement adds even more benefit.” 

April, known as Move More Month, is an opportunity to examine personal habits and strive to incorporate additional daily activity.  

Most adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work and find themselves with little time or energy left at the end of the day to exercise. Experts say those who struggle to carve out time for a separate workout should use any opportunity to sneak in physical activity throughout the day. Focusing on moving more and sitting less throughout the day can help - there is benefit to any physical activity regardless of the length of the activity.  

“Many of us are impacted by heart disease. Either we know someone who has some form of heart disease, or we have it ourselves,” said Naveen Kumar, MD, Physician in Chief, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center. “It’s amazing to see how many of our employees, staff and physicians are enthusiastic about participating in this walk and increasing awareness about how even small changes can help you live heart healthier lives.” 

For adults, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or a combination of those activities, such as such as brisk walking, yoga or gardening. In addition, the Association recommends two days per week of moderate- to- high intensity muscle strengthening activity, such as running, jumping rope or swimming laps.   

“The Petaluma Health Care District is dedicated to promoting health and wellness and we are focused on education and prevention.  We advocate for residents to take control of their health and encourage healthy habits,” said District CEO Ramona Faith. “Cardiovascular health is a key priority for us through our HeartSafe Community Program and Healthquest CPR/AED trainings. Walking Day, now in its third year in Petaluma, is a great event for the whole community. We invite local residents, and we also want businesses to encourage their employees to get out of the office and join us for an active lunch hour – literally take steps toward healthier lives.” 

Here are some ideas to incorporate more movement into the work day from the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ initiative:

1.              Take a walk on your lunch break. Don’t focus on the step count or the minutes, just move more when your schedule allows.

2.              Increase your activity in simple ways around the office. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farthest from the door in the parking lot, convert conference room meetings to walking meetings or get up and walk to someone’s desk instead of sending email.

3.              Schedule exercise on your calendar. Add exercise to your calendar and treat your scheduled time like an important meeting.

4.              Find a partner. Having a partner to keep you accountable and motivated can be the key to keeping your healthy habits moving forward.

5.              Take advantage of workplace wellness offerings. Ask your supervisor or human resources department what employee wellness resources and incentives are available.  

Starting a journey to be more active at work can inspire colleagues and lead to a healthier workplace in addition to boosting personal health and wellbeing. Visit www.heart.org/movemoremonth for more tips and resources. 

 

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share. 

About Petaluma Health Care District

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Southern Sonoma County community through leadership, advocacy, support, partnerships and education. Its vision is to foster a healthier community, a thriving hospital and local access to comprehensive health and wellness services. PHCD has served the health and wellness needs of the community for more than 70 years and is a public agency managed by the community for the community. For more information, please visit www.phcd.org. Follow PHCD on Facebook and @PHCDistrict on Twitter.

 


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