(Fargo, ND) – At least 90 percent of the population has at least one risk factor for heart disease and at least 70 percent of Americans don’t get enough exercise. Sanford Heart knows these statistics all too well. That’s why the Sanford family is doing its part to send a message of healthy heart habits.
In addition to sponsoring the American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk on April 30 in Fargo, Sanford is pulling together a team of 500 or more to walk and raise awareness about heart disease.
“Because we work in the field of medicine, it is important that we lead by example,” says Mick Gibbs, Sanford Heart vice president. “That’s why we are banding together as a family to defeat heart disease, through both our sponsorship of this event as well as walking in the event.”
Research has shown the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. Among other health benefits, it can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and improve one’s blood lipid profile.
Andrea Voorhees | Sanford Media Strategist | Fargo Region
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