Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: New Start! for exercise

Heart Beat

New Start! for exercise

Instead of playing solitaire on your home computer, turn it into a fitness center. The American Heart Association's Start! program aims to help Americans walk more and eat better. According to the association, every hour of regular exercise buys you two extra hours of life expectancy, even if you don't become more active until middle age.

The centerpiece of the program is called MyStart! Online (www.americanheart.org/start), a free Web site. You enter what you eat each day and how much you exercise, and the personalized program gives you a summary of your day's calories in and out. It also offers daily tips for getting more exercise and choosing a more healthful diet, and sends you weekly summaries of your progress, reminders, and encouragement.

Start! is an excellent program if you need some help becoming more active or improving your diet. The program sponsors, two food companies and one large drug maker, don't influence the program, but you sure see their logos.

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