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Physical inactivity and obesity are critical risk factors in developing heart disease and stroke – our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. More than one in three adults have some form of cardiovascular disease. The good news is that 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. That’s why I became chair of the 2014 Northeast Indiana Heart Walk.

It is vital that we, as a community, make physical activity a priority in our homes, workplaces and community centers. Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity, which doubles a person’s risk of heart disease. Walking is one of the simplest and easiest exercises there is for getting healthier. Studies show that adults can gain up to two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular exercise and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can provide heart-health benefits. So why not take a walk?

This year’s Heart Walk on Sept. 13 at Ivy Tech’s North Campus is the perfect way to get started.

I urge the entire community to participate in a healthy heart walk while supporting American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart Walk helps the American Heart Association fund research that has led to discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

We have all been affected by heart disease or stroke. It affects our friends, family and community every day, but we don’t have to sit back and accept this fate. We can take action to reduce our risk and to help our community. Support this year’s Heart Walk and help make northeast Indiana a heart-healthy community.

Walk toward better health for you and your family and enjoy the free information, resources, entertainment and health screenings. I look forward to joining survivors, company teams, families, my colleagues from the Mad Ants and the community at this year’s event.You can register or learn more about the Heart Walk by visiting or call 433-2110. Help us fund more discoveries.

They may save the life of someone you know – or even your own.