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American Heart Association says Middle Tennessee is getting ready to walk #18Kminutes for National Walking Day


American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – We lose nearly 18,000 Tennesseans each year from heart diseases and stroke. Yet these are largely preventable through healthy living behaviors – like walking.

So let’s take steps to turn that 18,000 around.

This Wednesday, April 1st, is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association is asking Middle Tennessee to walk a total of 18,000 minutes. Everyone is asked to take a heart-healthy walk wherever they are, and to “donate” their minutes walked toward the goal.

National Walking Day

To participate: take a walk, and donate your minutes by posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #18Kminutes.

Your minutes will be added to the community total. Companies, families and individuals are all encouraged to participate. Photos are welcome! The American Heart Association will continually update the #18Kminutes total and highlight participants all day long on social media.

Follow the action on Wednesday, April 1st at #18Kminutes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Updated list of companies that have already pledged to participate in #18Kminutes include:

  • Batten & Shaw
  • Capstar Bank
  • City Auto
  • City of Columbia
  • City of Franklin
  • Deloitte
  • ESa
  • First Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Hall Booth Smith
  • HCA Corporate
  • HealthSpring
  • Healthways
  • Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects
  • LBMC
  • Maury County Public Schools
  • Maury County Wellness Center
  • Maury Regional Medical Center
  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic
  • NHC
  • NorthCrest Medical Center
  • Reeves Sain
  • Robertson County YMCA
  • Saint Thomas Health
  • Swiftwick
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • The Crichton Group
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical
  • UPS
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Waller
  • Wirtgen

Together, let’s walk #18000minutes on National Walking Day to help save the lives of 18,000 Tennesseans.

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week as a way to significantly reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Walking is easy, free, and has the lowest dropout rate of any exercise.  For more, visit

National Walking Day is sponsored in the Nashville area by Vanderbilt Heart and in Rutherford County by Saint Thomas Heart.




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