Walking Clubs

Updated:Mar 7,2016

Get Walking With the American Heart Association for a Longer, Healthier Life
Americans’ sedentary lifestyles are putting millions of us at risk of heart disease or stroke. One way the American Heart Association is addressing this problem is by introducing a community Walking Clubs program. This will encourage exercise, reduce health risks and help the American Heart Association reach its sweeping national goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke, by the year 2020.
Studies show that people follow exercise routines more successfully if they do them as group activities. American Heart Association Walking Clubs will help more people get their recommended daily physical activity and have fun. Among many benefits, Walking Clubs can:
  • Encourage people to connect with other walkers who have shared goals, lifestyles, schedules, hobbies, etc.
  • Create a social experience that helps hold people accountable
  • Motivate people when they’re feeling down
  • Support people as they push to reach personal goals
  • Encourage one another to start other healthy habits such as eating more fruits and vegetables
With the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity, walking is an ideal way to motivate communities across the country to get healthier through regular exercise.  Learn more about Walking Clubs and how to get one started in your community.