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National Walking Day, April 4: Take a step toward fighting heart disease

National Walking Day, April 4: Take a step toward fighting heart disease

by Ron Heller, AHA Supporter

KING5.com

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 8:51 PM

The American Heart Association and Union Bank are hosting a group walk in Downtown Seattle at noon on April 4.  Other community walks are planned in Bothell, Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. For more information, visit PugetSoundHeartWalk.org

I want to share with you why the American Heart Association and the work they do is so important to me, my family and Union Bank.

Last year, one of my sons had to have heart surgery. He’s young at age 24. It was unthinkable that I would be driving to the hospital with my wife and sitting in a waiting room while doctors performed a heart procedure on my son’s heart. But there we were. For that moment, nothing else mattered. It was our son and all I wanted was for him to be home and feeling better.  The great news is the procedure was a success and he is fully recovered.

I tell this story because the American Heart Association has designated Wednesday, April 4 as National Walking Day. The idea is simple: get up and get walking.  Walking is the simplest and single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health, and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day has been proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

I ask you to think about a family member, friend or colleague who was touched by heart disease. Heart disease is not only the leading killer, when someone is diagnosed it makes a tremendous impact on all of us. But we can all get on a path to better healthy simply by staying active, and an easy way to do that is to start walking.

As the local sponsor for National Walking Day, we are committed to raising awareness of the importance and health benefits of physical activity through walking. I hope you can join me and Union Bank in supporting this great cause on April 4. I want to thank you in advance for your participation in this special day. And, my son thanks you, too.

Ron Heller

Ron Heller is the Pacific Northwest Regional Executive for Union Bank, and a supporter of the American Heart Association.

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