Heart Health Challenge
It's never too early to start thinking about your heart.
Do you have the Heart to Start?
Don't let the short days and bad weather keep you from starting an exercise plan. All you need is a goal, a plan and a whole lot of support. Join the Providence Heart to Start program and train to run or walk a 5K, 10K or half-marathon in February 2015.
The program is free and kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the track at Duniway Park located at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Sheridan in Southwest Portland. Group workouts continue every Wednesday through Feb. 11.
Dr. James Beckerman from the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute trades his white coat for a coach's whistle every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the track at Duniway Park in Southwest Portland. He leads a group workout, shares important health information and provides encouragement and fun!
Heart to Start is focused on making exercise enjoyable, achievable and inclusive. It is a free program and includes training plans, weekly group workouts, a team t-shirt and expert advice.
Get inspired by some of the participants from previous years in this video and watch the team complete their goal.
Here's how to get started:
- Review the workout plans and see which distance is right for you. Consider training for a 5K if you are new to walking or running.
- "Like" the Heart to Start Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Connect with other team members, share victories and challenges and find inspiration and motivation to achieve your goals.
- Sign-up for the Heart to Start 5K, 10K or the Heart Breaker half-marathon on Feb. 15. Registration will be open in mid-November.
- Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Duniway Track.
At Providence, we encourage you to think more about your health. February is American Heart Month, a nationally observed health awareness campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association. Providence’s heart month challenge will help you become more aware of how to have a healthy heart. We have tips to keep you motivated during heart month and throughout the rest of the year. Visit this page often to get the latest information about heart health.
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