New Year, New You: Join the American Heart Association’s First CycleNation Relay

bringing stroke and heart disease awareness

New Year, New You: Join the American Heart Association’s First CycleNation Relay

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Are you in top cardiovascular shape? Statistics show over 35 percent of people believe they are, when in fact, only 1 percent of people are actually in top cardiovascular shape.

Although a stroke is typically preventable, almost half of all Americans cannot name one symptom.

To bring awareness to its research, the American Heart Association (AHA) is holding its first CycleNation event in the capital area on Jan. 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CycleNation is encouraging people across the country to use road and stationary bikes because cycling is known to lower your cholesterol and your resting pulse while strengthening your heart muscles and maintaining sharp brain function.

The event will educate its guests on how to prevent the #1 and #5 killers in Baton Rouge while learning about stroke risk factors, CPR, and Life’s Simple 7 ways to combat heart disease.

Starting the New Year off right with a fun, healthy activity like CycleNation can lay the groundwork for sticking to your resolutions while also working on your health. I am excited about this CycleNation event being the first in our state. It further demonstrates that through strong, innovative partnerships that bring our community the tools they need, we truly can create a culture of health.
Kristen Gradney

Before attending the event you must have your bike reserved by a CycleNation team member due to space limitations. To register for the event, click here.

From 12 to 2 p.m., the relay-style stationary bike will take place. Teams of four to eight people are recommended.

The event will feature the following:

  • Fitness instruction
  • Warm-ups
  • Grocery store tours at the top of every hour
  • CPR instruction
  • The AHA Designated Walking Path at Perkins Rowe
  • Free smoking cessation enrollment

Many Baton Rouge organizations, such as the Women’s Center for Wellness, have partnered to bring the community the free educational event.

Take the first step to prevent and to understand the risk factors of having a stroke by modifying your daily personal choices. Risk factors that are considered controllable include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obesity, and diabetes.

Other factors, such as increasing age, gender, heredity, race, or the history of prior stroke cannot be controlled as easily, making it even more important to focus on the ones you can.

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