American Fitness to Highlight Importance of Cardio Exercise Through Participation in Heart Walk

Portland, OR - May 17, 2012 - In support of the company’s focus on achieving fit and healthy lifestyles, American Fitness employees will demonstrate the importance of cardio exercise by participating in the American Heart Association’s 2012 Heart and Stroke Walk in Oregon and SW Washington. This fundraising walk is one of more than 300 being led by the American Heart Association (AHA) in cities across the United States in an effort to fight heart disease and save lives. Proceeds from the walk support research, education, and advocacy programs.

Cardiovascular disease is currently the number one killer of all Americans. Risk factors include obesity, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, and diabetes – many of which are on the rise in the United States. Especially alarming are recent statistics showing that nearly 1 in 3 children and teens in the US is now overweight or obese, putting them at risk for becoming unhealthy adults. American Fitness recognizes the importance of raising awareness of these serious health issues, and supports employees both in advocating for better health, as well as improving their own personal health and fitness through good nutrition and exercise.

For companies looking to improve the health and wellness of their employees, the first step is empowering them to get active. The AHA recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, at least 5 days a week. This should include regular cardiovascular exercise that works the heart and lungs. Good examples are walking, jogging, swimming, or working out on treadmills, exercise bikes, or other cardio exercise equipment. Getting involved in a group fitness event, such as the Heart Walk, is great way to bring employees together to support each other in making lifestyle changes.

“We are proud to support our employees in participating in the AHA Heart Walk,” said Ron Thompson, President of “It is vitally important that Americans start to adopt healthier lifestyles to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as related diseases.”

Regular exercise is a key component of establishing healthy hearts and healthy employees. American Fitness is experienced in helping companies establish on-site fitness centers to encourage employees to exercise more. More information on strength and cardio exercise equipment for group facilities is available at

About American Fitness

American Fitness is a leading retailer of home and commercial fitness equipment. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the chosen provider of fitness and exercise equipment for schools, hotels, public service agencies, and US military organizations across the United States and abroad. American Fitness specializes in custom gym and fitness center design using top brand equipment including home gyms, treadmills, elliptical trainers, weights, and other popular exercise equipment. With a focus on service and customer satisfaction, American Fitness seeks to support individuals and organizations in achieving fit and healthy lifestyles.

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