The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” Fast forward 2500 years, and Americans take more prescription drugs than any other developed country, spending a whopping $325.8 billion on medications in 2012, according to the Institute for Health Informatics. Meanwhile, doctors today agree with ol’ Hippocrates – one of the most effective medicines is free, and right under our feet.
Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise – almost any able-bodied person of any age can get significant health benefits simply from putting one foot in front of the other. Here in the Lowcountry, we have miles of beautiful beaches to walk, a gorgeous bridge to stroll over, parks galore and, for the most part, safe streets and sidewalks. But if you need a little extra motivation to get moving, come join the crowd at the Lowcountry Heart Walk this weekend, Saturday September 27.
Roper St. Francis is proud to be a sponsor of the Heartwalk each year. Hundreds of our teammates walk and raise money each year to support the American Heart Association, and we encourage you to join us. Cardiovascular disease is our nation’s No. 1 killer, and physical activity is the key to protecting ourselves. Activities begin at 8 a.m. at downtown Liberty Square near the aquarium, and the walk starts at 9 a.m.
Did you know:
- Thirty minutes of walking, three times each week, boosts your cardiovascular system.
- Walking reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and other illnesses.
- Walking also helps lower our blood pressure and heightens our creativity and mental well-being.
- Walking is also a great way to visit with friends and loved ones, think through problems, spend time with pets, see your beautiful region.
Proceeds from the Lowcountry Heart Walk go to the American Heart Association, which is the largest health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. Come walk with Roper St. Francis, and help give doctors the latest research on preventing heart disease, fund pediatric and stroke research and provide life-saving information to those who need it most.