Start Walking for Your Heart Health, One Step at a Time!

Today is National Start Walking Day so get up and get moving! Your heart will thank you! Statistics say that 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women are at risk for heart disease. Research says that poor lifestyle choices are the major contributor to the disease.

Walkers at the Atlanta Heart Walk

Walkers during the 2010 Atlanta Heart Walk.

Research by the American Heart Association proves the benefits of walking (or moderate physical activity) for at least 30 minutes a day can help:

  • Improve mental well being
  •  Lower blood pressure
  • Improve blood sugar levels
  • Maintain or improve body weight
  • Lower risks of colon and breast cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of coronary heart disease

If you have a hard time exercising by yourself find a walking buddy! Not only will you help your heart you will enjoy time with your friend and perhaps explore areas of your neighborhood you have never seen before. Make an adventure out of it!

Emory Healthcare is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. program that is working to help individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy.

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About Alexis Cutchins, MD

Dr. Alexis Cutchins

Alexis Cutchins, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Cutchins completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine before going to New York Presbyterian Hospital for her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine. She completed an NIH-supported research fellowship in vascular biology and a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Virginia in 2012. She has a special interest in heart disease in women in addition to heart disease prevention and risk reduction in cardiology patients.

Dr. Cutchins sees patients at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Perimeter.

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