Businesses, organizations, families and community groups took steps to live Healthy for Good at the American Heart Association’s 2019 Southern Delaware Heart Walks. Rehoboth Beach and Dover walkers gathered on September 22 and October 5 to raise funds and education for heart disease and stroke.
The event raised funds and awareness for the American Heart Association’s mission of being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Donations support such life-saving efforts as funding research and education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching at-risk populations.
Local survivors of heart disease and stroke led the walk, including LaToya Romeus shared her powerful personal story about her son Isaiah, who was born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect. Isaiah stole the show by dancing with a mascot! Both Southern Delaware Heart Walks enjoyed the support of local television station WBOC support.
Unfortunately, about one in three adults report participating in very little leisure-time physical activity. Getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, and improved mental health and mood. According to one study, just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years of life expectancy. In fact, for the average person in their 50s and 60s, moderate exercise could reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.
The American Heart Association is dedicated to providing evidence-based healthy living recommendations for the entire family. Anyone can join the Healthy for Good movement to receive support and customized motivation. Four key areas ground the movement—Eat Smart, Add Color, Move More and Be Well.
Sponsors of the Southern DE Heart Walk include Beebe HealthCare; Bayhealth; Nanticoke Health Services; County Bank; NRG Energy; Fulton Bank; DSWA; Carl M. Freeman Foundation; Post Acute Medical of Dover; Edgewell Personal Care; Griswold Home Care and Cindy & John Abood.