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Media Contact: Betty Klinck

Published on April 02, 2012

Adventist HealthCare, American Heart Association Team Up to Celebrate National Walking Day

Rockville, MD— People throughout the United States will lace up their sneakers on April 4 in honor of National Walking Day to help fight heart disease, the nation’s number 1 killer. In recognition of this day, Adventist HealthCare is teaming up with The American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease and to encourage community members to live heart healthy, active lifestyles.

As part of its commitment to community health, Adventist HealthCare hosts a weekly walking club at Westfield Montgomery Mall in North Bethesda. On April 4, The Walking Club is hosting a special National Walking Day event at Westfield Montgomery Mall from 8-9:30 a.m. in the food court. The event is free and open to the public. Activities will include:

  • Chair stretching exercises,
  • Walk-and-Talk with diabetes educator,
  • Grip strength screening,
  • Balance test,
  • And a visit from the American Heart Association’s Heart Man!

“Adventist HealthCare is committed to improving the health of people and communities, and our Walking Club is one important way that we carry out that Mission,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “We’re participating in National Walking Day because it’s a great way to remind our community that something as simple as walking each day can have a big impact on your health.”

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and physical activity for only 30 minutes a day include: reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and improved blood lipid profile.

“Statistics show that 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor,” said Jay Blackwell, Executive Director and Vice President of the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region. “We hope that National Walking Day walking rallies will serve as a kickoff for members of our community to take the right steps to live heart healthy lives. Incorporating walking into your day is a great start.”

The Adventist HealthCare Walking Club is supported by Washington Adventist Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and Adventist Home Care Services. The Walking Club meets every Tuesday in the food court at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The club includes weekly blood pressure screenings, other health screenings and monthly breakfasts. Starting in June, Walking Club members will be invited to participate in “Coffee Chats” with medical experts who can talk about various health topics each month. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to join the walking club.

For more information on the Adventist HealthCare Walking Club visit

For more information and resources on National Walking Day visit

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Care Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, and LifeWork Strategies.

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