Step toward a healthy heart
by Cara Connelly
Want to help keep your heart healthy? Take a walk.
Southcoast Health System will soon become the official sponsor of the Heritage State Park walking path. The distinction will designate the existing path as part of a national network of American Heart Association healthy heart walking paths.
On May 5, Southcoast Cardiac Services invites the community to “Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart.” Residents can join Southcoast cardiologists and staff at the Fall River Heritage State Park’s Visitor’s Center for a walk around the path and enjoy other activities focused around heart health.
The event will take place from noon - 2 p.m., rain or shine. All activities, with the exception of the walk, will take place inside the visitor’s center on Davol Street. Parking is available at the Fall River Carousel parking lot.
“Heart disease is the number one health problem in the South Coast region. The mortality rate from heart disease in our area is considerably higher than the state average,” explained Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Health System.
Our region also has a higher rate of diabetes and obesity as well as a higher number of smokers and sedentary individuals. All of which contributes directly to heart disease.
“We would like to see a focus on not only treating but, preventing heart disease,” she said.
First in a series
Mello adds that the dedication at Heritage State Park is a springboard to getting the message out about living a healthy heart lifestyle as the designation of the Heritage State walking path is the first in a series
There are over 70 healthy heart designated walking paths throughout the Commonwealth. According to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), trails are a major component of the parks and the DCR is making a concerted effort to make them a part of a healthy heart lifestyle.
The paths measure 1.5 miles or less in length, have an activity level from easy to moderate and are marked if they are ADA accessible.
read the entire article in the May issue of South Coast insider at http://issuu.com/coastalmags/docs/sci_may12