ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Lace up those walking shoes, today is National Walking Day. Especially for those of us who live in Alaska, there are so many creative ways to get outdoors. Everything from hiking, biking and kayaking, today is a great time to celebrate the outdoors. The American Heart Association recommends adults to try and get 30 minutes in a day and for kids, 90 minutes of physical activity is recommended. The health benefits that come along with being active is more energy, better focus and you're improving your overall heart health.
Judy Ramos, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage doesn't take that lightly.
"I know for me personally with heart disease that runs in my family, diabetes that runs in my family, the motivator for me was to really not fall into that and there was a time in my life where I was borderline diabetic, I had high blood pressure and so really just finding that one thing, that one activity that encouraged me to do something daily," she said.
Don't forget about the Heart Run on April 22 at the Alaska Airlines Center. All the money raised will benefit the American Heart Association and will fund research and community programs that help to fight cardiovascular disease.