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Start! Moving: A New Exercise Program Offered by the American Heart Association

Did you know that, according the the American Heart Association, adults may gain as much as two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular, vigorous exercise, even if they don’t begin exercising until middle age?

To get Americans up and moving, the American Heart Association is launching Start! – a new movement to help Americans improve their health by walking. Start! encourages corporations and the workforce to promote physical fitness and break down the obstacles that keep Americans from being physically active. The movement focuses on walking as an activity because it’s accessible, free and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. With the online fitness and nutrition tracker, participants can enter what they eat each day and how much they are exercising, then get a summary of calories in and calories out.

Celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Vanessa Williams, Vanna White, Dave Koz, Hector Elizondo, Robin Roberts, Jared Fogle (and others) have signed on to support the Start! movement by participating in a FREE Wake-Up Call promotion. From now through Feb. 5, you can visit the Start! Web site or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 and sign up to receive recorded phone calls from celebrities encouraging you to start walking and eating better to lead a healthier, longer life.

Fit's Tip: Be one of the first 10,000 people to register now for MyStart! Online and receive a Start! shoe wallet – a perfect way to carry your keys, ID and money while on the go. Just clip it on your shoe and Start! walking!

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