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News American Heart Association Walking Path Ribbon Cutting: Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Sponsors Walking Program

American Heart Association Walking Path Ribbon Cutting: Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Sponsors Walking Program

The American Heart Association and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center will cut the ribbon on a newly marked American Heart Association Walking path Tuesday, November 25 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center at 12 noon.

The walking path ribbon cutting will coincide with a walk around Good Samaritan Regional Health Center’s Sister Mary Jean Ryan walking path. Employees of the hospital, visitors and community members are invited to join in the ceremony and walk around the path. Participants will meet at the gazebo which is on the south west point of the walking path and is near the reflection pond.

The American Heart Association has designated Walking Paths across the nation. And with help from local My Heart. My Life. sponsor, Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, the American Heart Association hopes to mark several throughout the South Central Illinois region.

The goal in establishing walking paths is that individuals can always find a pathway near their home or worksite that is convenient for walking. Heart disease is this country's No.1 killer. But by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk. That's what the American Heart Association's walking movement is all about.

As individuals use the Sister Mary Jean Ryan Walking Path at Good Samaritan, they will notice changes in 2015. Thanks to a generous donation, Bruce Flanigan of the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Foundation, has announced plans to build and equip four fitness stations along the eastern side of the Path. These stations will further enhance the use of the Path and encourage additional healthy fitness activities.

In January 2010, the American Heart Association defined the seven key factors to ideal cardiovascular health. Physical activity is one of those factors, but only 15 percent of American adults achieve the association's recommended levels of moderate aerobic exercise (150 or more minutes per week). The American Heart Association encourages all Americans to get started on a regular walking program as a way to achieve their physical activity goals and to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 percent.

WHEN: November 25th, Tuesday at noon
WHERE: Good Samaritan Regional Health Center – at the Gazebo on the south west side of the Sister Mary Jean Ryan Walking Path