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New Smartphone Application Helps Get People Walking
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New Smartphone Application Helps Get People Walking

Finding a safe, free and centrally located walking path is now as easy as picking up the phone, thanks to a new smartphone application from the American Heart Association.

The free Walking Paths app enables users to find, tag and “like” more than 2,500 American Heart Association-designated walking paths across the country, or even create and save favorite walking paths using the GPS function as they walk.

The app is available now for GPS-enabled Android smartphones – in time for the fifth annual National Start! Walking Day on April 6, when the American Heart Association calls on all Americans to find 30 minutes in their day to walk to improve their heart health. The app will be available for iPhone and iPad users via iTunes on May 1.

The walking paths reflect the American Heart Association’s commitment to reaching its goal for the year 2020: to improve all Americans’ cardiovascular health by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. To reach this goal, the association is helping people and their families find more ways to increase their physical activity and make other healthy lifestyle changes.

 In celebration of National Start! Walking Day, Western New York residents are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes today. Getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, like very brisk walking, will improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and promotes weight loss.

“Nearly 67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese and at risk for heart complications and stroke from a sedentary life,” said cardiologist Dr. JoAnne Cobler. “With tools like the American Heart Association’s new smartphone app and thousands of walking paths designated around the country, walking is easier and even more convenient than ever before.”

For more heart-healthy lifestyle tools and resources from the American Heart Association, visit www.startwalkingnow.org

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