The San Francisco Bay Area Celebrates National Start! Walking Day April 8
11:45 a.m. at Santana Row's Park Valencia, San Jose
Legendary San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young, current San Francisco 49er Safety Michael Lewis, San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra, and Mountain View cardiologist Dr. Neal Scott headline the celebration. The public is invited to join in for a group zumba warm-up (led by Susan Armenta of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative), grab some heart-healthy goodies and learn about why these local leaders take fitness to heart. Throughout the day, representatives from corporate Heart Walk teams will engage in challenges on tandem treadmills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What will be happening? Special guests (including Young, Lewis, Kalra, Scott, local business leaders and others) will be introduced in pairs. They will be walking on tandem treadmills, showing how easy it is to do three 10-minute segments to fulfill that 30-minute a day exercise goal.
What is National Start Walking Day? National Start! Walking Day is the American Heart Association's nationwide call to action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle and walk just 30 minutes a day. Bay Area participants at Santana Row and several other locations will join thousands across the nation as they wear their sneakers to work April 8 and pledge to start a healthier lifestyle as part of this fun event-with-a-purpose.
This is one of several Bay Area events open to the public. Including:
Background information and statistics:
National Start! Walking Day is a nationwide call to action for Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle through walking. Research has shown that you can gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular exercise you do - even if you start in middle age. The American Heart Association wants Americans to become more physically active by walking because: