Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital associates are so excited to participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk later this month, they can’t wait. On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a group of associates are warming up for the big event by taking a special walk in a special spot.

The American Heart Association has designated Wednesday, April 4, 2012 as National Walking Day in an effort to encourage more Americans to adopt active lifestyles and lower their risk for heart disease, the leading killer in the United States. For every hour of very brisk walking, life expectancy may increase for some adults by two hours.
That’s why Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is encouraging its associates to join Mary Henrikson, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital, and celebrity chef, Mr. An, on a noon walk outside Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. This event will take place on a path often used by cardiac patients during their rehabilitation. The path will be blessed and dedicated on that day as an official American Heart Association walking course.

“We are proud to collaborate with the American Heart Association for National Walking Day,” says Henrikson. “At Carondelet Health Network, we are committed to supporting total wellness in the communities we serve. On April 4, we hope other organizations and businesses throughout our area encourage their employees to bring sneakers to work and take a walking break during the day.”

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk is scheduled for April 28 at Reid Park. Leading the Heart Walk team recruitment effort is Mr. An. The four-time heart attack survivor is encouraging community members to join his team, known as team “Walk An,” or register and fundraise for their own team. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in my family and the No. 1 killer in Tucson,” says An. “I’m encouraging Tucson residents to get moving. Take a step toward heart health on National Walking Day, and then join us at the Tucson Heart Walk.”

Walking has the lowest dropout rate for any physical activity, and walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and promote weight loss, according to the AHA. To register for the Tucson Heart Walk, visit www.tucsonheartwalk.org or call 795-1403.

About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 132 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet’s family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2011, Carondelet provided nearly $52 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.