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Close to 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable. For instance, you can walk your way to better health – just putting one foot in front of the other can mean big steps forward for your heart.

Observational studies in individuals eligible for bariatric weight loss surgery show that the majority of patients have zero minutes of vigorous activity and less than one-half of the recommended moderate activity minutes. Adding even a few minutes of vigorous activity would contribute to better heart health.

There have been feasibility studies looking at the incorporation of walking programs in the behavioral intervention to support weight loss and lifestyle change for bariatric surgical patients. Even a moderate walking program resulted in improved weight loss, with ‘physical activity’ and ‘sedentary behaviors’ being the highest predictors for post-surgery weight loss.

Learn what Heart & Stroke Canada says about the value of walking for heart health:


As your body mass index rises, so does your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Achieving a healthy weight is an important step in promoting your heart health, and it isn’t easy. Weight loss is a challenging goal and should be met with a positive attitude and patience. But it’s worth it in the end.

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