Locals get ready for the Step Up to Better Health Sweepstakes

Locals get ready for the Step Up to Better Health Sweepstakes
(Source: Petr Kratochvil)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - UnitedHealthcare's Step Up to Better Health Sweepstakes, which encourages southern Arizonians to walk 10,000 steps a day, kicked off Wednesday, April 4.

You can take the pledge and enter the sweepstakes HERE.

Taking 10,000 steps each and every day helps to lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and improves blood pressure.

Two visitors to Tucson, Faith and David Alverete, started their morning with a walk around Reid Park with the hope of getting their 10,000 steps in. They said they try walk every day and their motivation is their grandchildren.

"We have five daughters and we want to be a good example to them and they're all grown. We have grandkids now," Faith said.

Faith and David are working to fight the odds. The No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease and in 2016 over 500,000 people died from it.

"As we get older, it keeps our body in shape," Faith said.

Working to do just the same is Marilyn Atha. She goes walking almost everyday, usually for about an hour with speed intervals she sets as goals. She says she walks to keep herself physically fit and mentally sharp.

"I think even more important is heart health and doing all those things that keep us healthy on a lot of different levels because we need our brains too," Marliyn said.

So whether you're a frequent walker or you're just looking to get outside, avid walkers advise the first step is pushing yourself to get started.

"Just get out and get started," Marilyn said. "That's the hard part getting started."

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