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An IU Health Arnett Hospital Release

—Walk your way into a new healthy habit this summer! In an effort to combat obesity and promote healthy lifestyles, Indiana University Health Arnett is once again launching its "Get Strong" walking group, a series of weekly gatherings designed to get Hoosiers up-and-moving by putting one foot in front of the other.

The IU Health Arnett "Get Strong" walking groups, which are open to the entire community at no cost, are being offered at Armstrong Park in Lafayette. The walking group will meet each Monday from at the park pavilion from 9 am – 10 am, June 12 through September 25. The group will walk for 30 minutes.

Free health screenings will be conducted on the third Monday of each month. Educational speakers will also be available on the third Monday of each month to discuss health and fitness topics.

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1) Just 30 minutes of walking, five times a week can help individuals to live a healthier life and improve overall health.

2) Participating in a daily walking routine can help to maintain a healthy weight and prevent or manage various health conditions (including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes), improve one's mood, strengthen one's bones and improve balance and coordination.

3) Walking more than four hours per week reduces the risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular disease by 30 percent.

4) Brisk walking can increase good cholesterol levels (HDL), reduce triglyceride levels in the blood, reduce depression and increase one's life span.

5) The lifestyle changes in diet and exercise in daily walking were found to be more effective in reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes than some drug treatments.

The program is in collaboration with Lafayette Indiana Family YMCA and the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

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