Start Walking!

March 30, 2009

The American Heart Association and the Connecticut Department of Public Health have formed a partnership with the Connecticut Library Consortium and Connecticut Library Association to offer a series of “Healthy Messages @ Your Library!” This exciting new statewide initiative will help develop relationships between our libraries and state and local health agencies to help keep Connecticut’s citizens informed and healthy.

National Start! Walking Day is April 8th and the American Heart Association’s Start! initiative is calling on Americans to walk 30 minutes at work or in their free time. Some adults may gain as many as two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise, like very brisk walking. For substantial health benefits, aim for at least 2 ½ hours a week of moderate physical activity, such as very brisk walking.

Cardiovascular disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer and physical inactivity significantly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Seventy percent of Americans don’t get enough exercise, blaming lack of time and lack of motivation and 66 percent of Americans are overweight.

Start! is the American Heart Association’s national cause campaign that calls on Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health through workplace walking programs to live longer, stronger, heart-healthier lives.

For more information on START go to