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Improving heart health starts now

SPRINGFIELD From coast to coast, including right here in Western Massachusetts, Americans will lace up their sneakers and take steps to increase physical activity. National Start! Walking Day, in its fourth year including more than 3.2 million people representing about 1,300 companies is sponsored by the American Heart Association as part of its Start! initiative. Start! champions walking because it has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. The association conducts the National Start! Walking Day primarily in the workplace because jobs are becoming increasingly sedentary and Americans are working 164 more hours per year than 20 years ago. On April 7 in Western Massachusetts, members of the 2010 Pioneer Valley Start! Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team along with their employees and fellow workers will take time out of their work day to walk and raise awareness of the benefits of being active. Anyone interested in walking along with Walk Chair Carlos Martins Sr., vice president of Operations of RiverBend Medical Group, can do so at noon at RiverBend Medical in Chicopee. For more information, visit startwalkingnow.org.

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