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On Monday, February 13, 2017, in honor of National Heart Health month, Heritage Living, in conjunction with the Chautauqua Mall is launching the Mall Walk for Heart contest that is open to the entire community. The purpose of this contest is to provide a unique opportunity for community members to achieve health and wellness goals while having a bit of fun.
According to the American Heart Association, walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help you heart health and overall health in several ways, including:
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Participants in the Mall Walk for Heart program will record their steps daily during each day of the one month program. The top male and female walkers with the highest number of steps will receive gift card prizes.
Anyone interested in joining the contest should visit the Heritage Living mall location near JC Penney. All participants will receive a free Heritage pedometer to help them track their progress. All participants will also receive a Weekly Walking Journal. Community members can join the club at any point during the 4 week event. Staff will also be on hand at Heritage Living on Monday, February 13 to do blood pressure screenings for registered participants, as well as provide heart healthy snacks from 8am-10am.
Heritage Living at the mall is serving the community by providing an easy-access location for area seniors, and their families, to get answers to questions about a senior’s evolving needs. Heritage Living is open weekdays 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Anyone looking for more information about the programming available at Heritage Living should call (716) 763-5608. Heritage Living is a service provided by Heritage Ministries, which is a non-profit, human service organization serving the Chautauqua County region with over 800 employees. Independent and assisted living residences for seniors are located at The Homestead in Gerry and at The Woodlands on Southwestern Drive in West Ellicott. Rehabilitation and skilled nursing services are provided at The Village (Gerry, New York), The Park (Jamestown, New York), Orchard Grove (West Ellicott, New York) and Heritage Green (Greenhurst, New York). For more information, please call 716.487.6800 or visit www.heritage1886.org