activity, and the more the better. The new measure says at least 150
minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise is necessary for ideal health,
or 75 minutes weekly of vigorous physical activity.
The AHA says its goals represent the first time it has adopted better health
as a principal goal and that it has developed a new online resource, “My Life
Check,” at www.heart.org/MyLifeCheck. By
completing the assessment, people can determine what they need to do to achieve
better cardiovascular health.
“To date, there has been great success in reducing disability and death from
disease and stroke, in part through aggressive improvements in the
diagnosis and treatment of these diseases and in limited uptake of measures to
prevent heart disease and stroke,” Clyde W. Yancy, MD, president of the
American Heart Association, says in the news release. “We achieved our 2010
goal of reducing death by heart disease and stroke by 25%, earlier and by a
wider margin than we had targeted.”
Still, he says, too many people “continue to have unrelenting exposure to
known important risk factors for heart disease and stroke to the point that we
are likely to begin seeing an increase in these diseases, and at an earlier
That, he says, is cause for alarm and a trend that needs to be stopped.