Nassau County has a new fitness path: the Allstate and American Heart Association Walking Path at the in Mineola. The path offers one more location in the county where residents can incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
In creating the Mineola path, Allstate, which had already partnered with American Heart Association on a health awareness campaign, committed to sponsoring a walking path on Long Island. The Nassau County Government buildings were chosen based in part because of the work Allstate conducted with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on teen driver safety.
The callout for regular exercise – a mantra of the American Heart Association –also fits in with County Executive Ed Mangano’s Fit Nassau Initiative.
The American Heart Association recommends that people incorporate 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. According to the association, people are 1.5 to 2.4 times more likely to have coronary heart disease if they are inactive. The organization says that 30 minutes of walking vigorously every day can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, and also the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some adults may gain as many as two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular, vigorous physical activity, including very brisk walking, according to some studies.
Visit startwalkingnow.org for more more facts on walking, along with resources about getting started, and a list of walking paths. The American Heart Association also offers a free Walking Path app for iPhone and Android phones.