AHA strongly encourages women to start walking - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/7/10

American Heart Association strongly encourages women to start walking

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Remember Tuesday was National Start Walking Day, as designated by the American Heart Association, and if you missed it, that doesn't mean you can't start walking today. 

It's very important, especially for women, according to a Harvard study that included nearly 40,000 women and found those who walked just two or more hours a week had a 30% lower risk for any type of stroke, than women who didn't walk.  If it was a brisk walk, those women were 37% less likely to have a stroke than women who were inactive.  Oddly enough, the same didn't hold true for men. 

Researchers could not find the same link between walking and stroke among men, but again, it was a huge benefit to women.

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