Learn the Benefits of Walking with Mercy St. Francis

June 29, 2015

A simple stroll can have a huge, healthy impact. According to the American Heart Association, walking for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease, improve your blood pressure and event cut your chances of getting cancer—and that’s just for starters.

As part of its new Motivation for Motion series, Mercy St. Francis Hospital will host “Benefits of Walking,” on Tuesday, July 7. It’s the second of many group meetings to encourage locals to get back in shape – regardless of age, ability or health condition – by utilizing many of the natural offerings of the Ozarks.

“We’re going to help community members take their first steps, literally, toward a healthier life,” said Janet Foy, RN, manager of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab at Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “It’s important to know how to achieve your target heart rate and keep tabs on it as you move forward.”

Foy will guide participants through activities, starting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the walking trail at West Park, located at 406 N. Pine St. For more information, call 417-934-7057.