Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor. Taking a walk each day can greatly help.
- It's easy – walking costs nothing to get started. It doesn't require any memberships or equipment, and it has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.
- It works – studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours, and walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.
- It's good for business – physically active people save $500 a year in health care costs. Fitness programs can reduce employer health care costs by 20 to 55 percent, absenteeism by 2 percent and increase productivity by 9 percent.
On April 3, MUSC will join companies, organizations and individuals across America by taking 30 minutes to walk and pledge to live heart-healthy lives. The MUSC Medical Mile is approximately one mile and will be led by President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., and Pat Cawley, M.D., in support of Employee Wellness.
Participants should meet at noon at the Horseshoe and are encouraged to wear Heart Walk or "I heart" T-shirts, which will be available for purchase. Free pedometers, bottled water and fruit will be available while supplies last. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.