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Exercise Your Way To A Healthier Heart

Event Marks Salinas Valley Memorial's Heart Month

What: Exercise Challenge 2011
When: February 7th - April 16th
Where: Businesses and Organizations Throughout Monterey County

Background: Salinas Valley Memorial kicks off its annual "Exercise Challenge," a free, ten-week program designed to encourage people to get regular aerobic exercise.

To promote the benefits of an active lifestyle, Salinas Valley Memorial is encouraging the community to participate in this year's "Exercise Challenge." Any organization—except those who gather solely for the purpose of exercising— may enter with awards being given to those who excel in their category. Categories are based on the number of individuals participating from the organization. All individuals who exercise for at least 90 minutes per week for all ten weeks will be eligible for an array of prizes. Last year, 168 organizations and 3,644 individuals from throughout Monterey County participated in the event. The program is free and organizations may register by calling Salinas Valley Memorial's Health Promotion Department at 759-1890, or by going online to download the registration form at

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and by taking proactive steps you can keep your heart healthy for years to come. One of the ways to help fight the odds is to lead an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise. The American Heart Association suggests that healthy adults ages 18-65 getting a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days a week. This doesn't mean you have to go to the gym; taking a walk or riding a bike counts too!

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