Forrest General to host fun walk Friday


Forrest General Hospital will celebrate American Heart Month by hosting a fun walk at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The walk will be held at The District at Midtown to show busy professionals how quick and easy it can be to fit it a 10-minute walk into the work day.

 Physical activity can improve your heart health in some drastic ways, including:

• Decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

• Improved blood flow

• Lowered cholesterol 

• Lowered risk of high blood pressure

• Less weight gain, obesity and related chronic health conditions

• Reduced chances of heart arrhythmia, like atrial fibrillation (AFib)

• Better quality of life and sense of overall well-being

Walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active, because it can be done just about any time, anywhere. The American Heart Association recommends that adults try for at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) a week of moderate intensity activity. That’s just 30 minutes of brisk walking on at least five days a week; these 30-minute sessions can be broken into smaller blocks of 10 or 15 minutes to fit more easily with a busy schedule.

 There are plenty of great places to walk right here in Hattiesburg such as Kamper Park, Town Square Park, or Long Leaf Trace, or get creative and walk a few laps at Turtle Creek Mall, Midtown Market or The District at Midtown.