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Small Changes in Exercise Can Make a Big Difference in Heart Health

DENTON, Texas — An estimated 65 percent of American adults are obese or overweight. One way to combat weight gain is to be physically active.

The American Heart Association says that there is evidence that life expectancy can increase by two hours for every hour a person spends walking. That’s a pretty good return on investment for something that the association also says is the most effective form of exercise to improve heart health. And, since it doesn’t involve a gym membership or any tools, walking can be done nearly anywhere for free.

“Many people underestimate the power of walking,” said LaNell Noggler, R.N., cardiac rehab coordinator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. “It’s free, easy and can be done nearly anytime. Exercise doesn’t have to be about spending an hour in a gym. It can be a walk around the block that grows longer each week. Those seemingly small steps can have a big affect on your health.”

The American Heart Association also offers other tips for incorporating exercise into your day:

  • Stand while talking on the phone
  • Park farther away from the store and walk the extra steps there and back.
  • Walk to talk to colleagues instead of using the phone or e-mail.
  • Take stairs instead of riding the elevator.

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About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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