Article by Arkansas Journal
Posted on April 21, 2018
North Little Rock, Arkansas–The Arkansas Heart Hospital’s hosted their 7th Annual Cardiac Classic bike ride on Saturday. This event helped bring awareness to cardiovascular disease and spotlighted the value of physical activity to impact overall cardiovascular health. The ride started at Burns Park in North Little Rock and gave riders the choice of a 20, 50 or 63-mile ride which took riders out to Roland and Wye communities. The Cardiac Classic bike ride began with 157 riders at its inaugural ride in April of 2012. This year the ride had grown to 320 participants in the race. Today’s ride lasted around 2-4 hours, depending on the route and each rider’s abilities.
Riders included a range of people such as employees, family members, members of the community interested in good health, and even people who have received services from the hospital.
“We believe strongly that exercise is medicine, ” stated Vickie Wingfield, Program Director, Champions for Health Organization. “We’ve seen some wonderful things of people staying active and exercising as far as brain, heart health, [and] just good over all health. . . . So this is an important ride for us to get the word out and let people know you can take care of yourself, and that exercise is a good thing.”
“Just as important as exercise is the nutrition piece,” Wingfield added.
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